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NUC, NYSC Partner To fight Illegal Universities



Joel Ajayi

The National Universities Commission NUC has warned that it would continue to ensure the credibility of certificates being issued by Universities in the country and also block the increasing number of fake foreign-trained graduates coming into Nigeria for National Service.

The commission said many universities produce quality graduates while some cannot defend their certificates.

The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed stated this when he hosted the Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office.

While lamenting the falling standard of education in the country especially among the affiliate institutions, Abubakar said NUC has not approved the degree of online universities in Nigeria.

The NUC boss added that University experience encompasses all-round development of every student, hence, the need for proper monitoring.

“NUC and NYSC must work together to help the country in producing quality graduates and NUC will continue to certify the credibility of certificates obtained from Nigerian universities”,  Abubakar said

Speaking further, the Executive Secretary lamented the challenges in vetting the certificates being obtained from universities established by Nigerians outside the country.

He added that NUC had approached EFCC and ICPC to shut down some illegal Universities in the country.

The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said NYSC would not issue it’s Certificate of National Service to unqualified graduates but appealed for stakeholders’ support in its determination towards seamless and credible mobilization process.


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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says



By David Maxwell

A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.

He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.

Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.

“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.

“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.

“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.

“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.

“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.

He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”

The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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