The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okogie, has said that Nigerian universities and its products are amongst the best and don’t need ranking to prove it.
He made the assertion at the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted board of trustees and the governing council of Bingham University, Abuja.
According to him, “People have given a bad name and image to the universities so they can kill it, but our students or products have always distinguished themselves abroad anytime the opportunity presents itself. They said that Nigerian universities are not ranked high amongst the first 2,000 in the world and I asked, there are about 6,600 universities in the United States and only 3,000 of them are accredited.
“So even if you work that hard, with all the facilities, it doesn’t mean that you will be amongst 2,000, so my concern has always been how relevant is your university and the program they run to the environment and the system it supervises.”
Okogie said graduates who cannot read or write were never students, but individuals who simply buy results from schools and end up making it look like the Nigerian university system is poor.