The National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned Nigerians against patronising online universities and other degree awarding institutions operating online, saying that any certificate obtained from such institutions is not recognised.
Speaking at a press conference at the headquarters of the commission, yesterday, the director, Information and Public Relations, Ibrahim Usman Yakasai, stressed that degrees obtained online are not accepted in the country.
He said, “Nigeria will not recognise online degrees. Online degrees are not accepted in Nigeria at the moment”.
He also warned Nigerian students and parents against patronising Maryam Abacha American University, Niger Republic, noting that the commission has been inundated with enquiries from some Nigerian students who had been offered admission into the university.
He disclosed that the concerned students were offered admissions on part-time basis with a graduation time of four semesters for programmes like Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health among others.
“In Nigeria, the duration for a full-time degree programme is not less than three years for direct entry and at least six years for part-time, while professional programmes in Science, Engineering and Health Sciences including Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science and Public Health are not offered on part-time basis in Nigeria. Also, all part-time cross-border education in Nigeria is not allowed”, he stated.
Yakasai further lamented that the university admits Nigerian students who do not have the basic requirements to gain admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions in addition to running courses such as Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science on part-time basis which, according to him, is not acceptable.