We are Not in Conflict, Competition with Professional Bodies – NUC Scribe.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, has maintained that the Commission was neither in conflict nor was it in competition with any professional body in the country but rather was the only regulator of university education.
Delivering a goodwill message at the First Education Summit organised by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) last Wednesday at the International Conference Centre Abuja, Rasheed said the NUC has the sole authority to determine the curricular content to be taught in Nigerian Universities including the approval or disapproval of academic programmes or units in all degree awarding institutions.
He said that the academic curricular set by NUC was international in nature, explaining that a graduate of any programme from any Nigerian university could comfortably fit into any university anywhere in the world for a Post graduate degree or any academic pursuit without any difficulty.
Prof. Rasheed, who was represented by the Director Public Relations of the NUC, Ibrahim Usman Yakasai also said that his Commission had always advised professional bodies to concentrate on professional post-graduation training of graduates wishing to obtain professional certification and become their members.
He told participants that NUC was in the process of commencing a comprehensive review of university
curricular and explained that all stakeholders including professional bodies were always invited to make inputs for consideration, adding that each curriculum was developed by professors and experts in the individual disciplines drawn from the NUS and beyond and the draft would be widely circulated for comments before final adoption.