University assures applicants on accreditation of courses

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo


The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU has assured parents and prospective students of its determination to get the status of de-accredited courses restored within weeks.

The school Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju said the Management is working to address the issues raised by the Nigeria University Commission.

The Management will also ensure the affected programmes are restored in the forthcoming accreditation exercise in November, 2018.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had directed that the 2018/2019 candidates who applied to study Law, Dentistry, Fine and Applied Arts, Botany and Family Nutrition and Consumer Sciences should either change course or University, due to non-accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

‘Not peculiar’
Olanrewaju allayed the fears of parents and applicants, saying, while general accreditation exercise was conducted across all Universities in December, 2017, the non-accreditation of some programmes cut across all Universities and is not peculiar to OAU.

“There are 106 programmes in the University of which the five mentioned above have issues with accreditation. Although all these programmes actually had interim status during the last exercise, they were denied accreditation because of the existing National Universities Commission, NUC regulation which does not allow for back to back interim status. 

“The University Management is working assiduously to address the issues raised by the NUC. It, therefore, has no doubt that the affected programmes will be restored hopefully in the forthcoming accreditation exercise slated for November, 2018. We hereby use this medium to officially appreciate the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the prompt release of funds to upgrade the existing structures and facilities in the University,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer appreciated the concern of all stakeholders and students on the development and pleaded for their understanding.

He said the Management will continue to do all within its power to uphold and build upon the academic excellence for which the University is known.

Sammie Idika