The first online universities
programme accreditation portal
was last weekend, inaugurated
at the University of Calabar
(UNICAL), Cross River State, by
the Minister of Education, Prof.
Ruqayyatu Rufa’i.
The Minister also inaugurated the
N500 million e-learning platform
at the UNICAL library.
The portal, an initiative of the
National Universities Commission
(NUC) Database project, will,
among other benefits, ease the
accreditation process, check the
excesses of institutions that
enroll more than the approved
number of students, and provide
greater visibility for Nigerian
universities.
Rufa’i said the system would
kick start an ICT revolution in the
administration of the country’s
universities.
She said it was time Nigerians
stopped lamenting that their
universities are poorly rated on
the African continent in
particular and the world in
general.
Her words, “We know that the
poor rating is not due to lack of
the required intellectual capacity
but basically due to poor
management of the resources in
our institution and our inability
to use the internet.
“This project is therefore a bold
step towards building world-
class universities in Nigeria. The
management of our university
system will definitely be the
same again. The initiative is in
line with the agenda of President
Goodluck Jonathan.”
She said that the Federal
government was committed to
the development of ICT to
facilitate effective and efficient
management of the system.
According to her the project was
a product of the NUC data base
project established by the
Federal Government in 2008 to
help enforce the laws
establishing and sensitizing the
university system.
Executive Secretary National
Universities Commission, Prof,
Julius Okojie, said that the world
is moving very quickly in
internet and Information
Communication Technology that
the NUC had impressed on
university system to be internet
ready. He said that the portal
was an initiative aimed at fully
automating the accreditation of
academic programmes offered
in Nigerian universities.
Okojie, who highlighted the
problem of capacity building,
said the NUC will interact with
development partners and
evolve public-private
partnership to encourage the
university system to grow.
The inauguration of the portal
was followed by a workshop for
ICT directors and directors of
Academic Planning of
universities to familiarize them
with the workings of the portal.
The Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Calabar, Prof James
Epoke, said the institution was
happy to host the forum.
According to him the occasion
was appropriate at the time the
university system in Nigeria is at
the lower rung of the ranking
scale.

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