Niger Delta University (NDU) Accreditation Withdrawn?
Students of the Bayelsa State owned university, Niger Delta University (NDU), Ammassoma, are gripped by uncertainty over the withdrawal of accreditation of key courses in the university by the National Universities Commssion (NUC).
According to the Students, who spoke with LEADERSHIP, accreditation for seven key courses of study, including Law, has been withdrawn by the NUC.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the NUC also placed 20 other programmes of the university on interim accreditation during its last accreditation exercise.
It was also gathered that the university put forward 31 courses for accreditation but the NUC approved only four for full accreditation.
There are fears that the programmes under probation may still be denied accreditation in the next accreditation exercise slated for September and October this year if the conditions for full accreditation are not met.
Reasons given for the non-accreditation of the courses, sources hinted, include inadequate teaching staff, especially professors, PhD holders and senior lecturers. Others were inadequate library facilities, laboratory, lecture buildings and poor power supply.
While students currently studying the non-accredited programmes will continue with their studies, new students will not be offered admission pending the accreditation by NUC.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), NDU chapter, Beke Sese, said the non-accreditation of the affected courses was a justification of poor funding of universities for which ASUU had been on strike.Sese stated in an interview on Wednesday that NDU had remained a “glorified secondary school” ten years after it was established.
“Poor funding of universities has been the issue. This is what ASUU has been emphasising over the years. We’ve been pointing this out even in the current national strike action”, Sese said.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Domo Alagoa, said he would not react on the matter over the telephone phone.
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Niger Delta University (NDU) located in Wilberforce Island Bayelsa State in Nigeria is a Bayelsa Government funded university.
It was established in 2000 by Chief DSP Alamieseigha, then governor of Bayelsa state. It currently has two main campuses, one situated in the state capital, Yenagoa, which contains the law faculty and the other in Amassoma.
Niger delta university has come a long way since its establishment and ranks naming the 50 best universities in Nigeria.Its main campus in Amassima is currently situated in its temporary site, with work on the permanent site at an ongoing stage.
The university offers a unique opportunity for students to acquire qualitative education.It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The university, which started academic activities in the 2001/2002 session, had its pioneer set of graduating students in the 2004/2005 academic year. Although,the student population was only 1,039 at inception, this increased to 4,636 in 2003/2004 and later 10,294 in 2006/2007.
Given the fact that the university maintains the quota provided by the National Universities Commission (NUC) , it may continue to be a relatively small but efficient one.
There has also been a signification increase in the number of academic and non-teaching staffs. Given the initial dearth of experienced academic staff, the pool of retired staff from other universities has been a significant source of such staffs.
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