The National Universities Commission has released a list of 57 illegal degree awarding institutions operating in Nigeria or any of its other campuses in the country.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, warned that certificates obtained from the institutions would not be accorded recognition for the purpose of election and participation in the National Youth Service Corps.
The commission also commenced investigation of over eight other illegal institutions which, it said, would face prosecution in court.
The NUC’s position was contained in its current in-house bulletin obtained by The PUNCH on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the NUC, the illegal fees and charges on subscribers by operators of the illegal institutions would also be recovered.
The spokesperson for NUC, Mr. Ibrahim Yakassai, said that the commission had always been releasing names of institutions operating illegally for the attention of the public.
The NUC had a month ago said online degrees, obtained from foreign institutions, would not be accepted as means of seeking employment or doing other legitimate business in Nigeria.
The commission had also slammed Maryam Abacha American University in Niger Republic, saying it had been inundated with enquiries from some Nigerian applicants, who had been offered admission into the university.
NUC, which also discredited all part-time cross boarder education in Nigeria, had warned citizens against patronising online universities which offer academic programmes without physical contact with their students.
The 57 illegal universities include University of Accountancy and Management Studies, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology Nkpor, Anambra State or any of its campuses; University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos or any of its other campuses; University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria; Blacksmith University, Awka or any of its campuses; Volta University College, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana or any of its other campuses in Nigeria; Royal University Izhia, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State or any of its other campuses and Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi State or any of its other campuses.
The list also includes Sunday Adokpela University, Otada Adoka, Otukpo, Benue State or any of its other campuses; United Christian University, Macotis Campus, Imo State or any of its other campuses; United Nigeria University College, Okija, Anambra State or any of its other campuses; Samuel Ahmadu University, Makurdi, Benue State or any of its other campuses; UNESCO University, Ndoni, Rivers State or any of its other campuses; Saint Augustine’s University of Technology, Jos Plateau State or any of its other campuses; The International University, Missouri, USA, Kano and Lagos Study Centres, or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Columbus University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Tiu International University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pebbles University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; London External Studies UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pilgrims University operating anywhere in Nigeria; Lobi Business School Makurdi, Benue State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; West African Christian University operating anywhere in Nigeria; Bolta University College Aba or any of its campuses in Nigeria; JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) Kaduna Illegal Campus; Westlan University, Esie, Kwara State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; St. Andrews University College, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria and EC- Council University, USA, Ikeja Lagos Study Centre.
The NUC’s clampdown also affected Atlas University, Ikot Udoso Uko, Uyo Akwa Ibom State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Concept College/University (London) Ilorin or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Halifax Gateway University, Ikeja or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Acada University, Akinlalu, Oyo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Fifom University, Mbaise, Imo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Houdegbe North American University Campuses In Nigeria; Atlantic International University, Okija, Anambra State; Open International University, Akure; Middle Belt University (North Central University), Otukpo; Leadway University, Ugheli, Delta State; Metro University, Dutse/Bwari, Abuja; Southend University, Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers State; Olympic University, Nsukka, Enugu State; Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Abuja; Temple University; Irish University Business School London, operating anywhere in Nigeria; National University of Technology, Lafia, Nasarawa State and University of Accountancy and Management Studies, Mowe, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and its Annex at 41, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
Others affected are the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Cape Cost University, Ghana, operating anywhere inNigeria; African University Cooperative Development (AUCD), Cotonou, Benin Republic, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pacific Western University, Denver, Colorado, Owerri Study Centre; Evangel University of America and Chudick Management Academy, Lagos; Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Gboko Campus); Career Light Resources Centre, Jos; University of West Africa, Kwali-Abuja, FCT; Coastal University, Iba-Oku, Akwa-Ibom State; Kaduna Business School, Kaduna and Royal University of Theology, Minna, Niger Delta.
The eight universities currently undergoing investigations include National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State; North Central University, Otukpo, Benue State; Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu and Richmond Open University, Arochukwu, Abia State.
Others are West Coast University, Umuahia, Abia State; Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State; Volta University College, Aba, Abia State and Satellite Campuses of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State.