The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka has stressed that the periodic review of the accreditation exercise of the NUC is not to find fault in Universities processes but to prod them to improve than their present state.
According to report received from the Director of public communications, Mr Olatunji Oladejo along with Kunle Oladipo, the remark was made when the Vice-Chancellor received a four-member team from the National Universities Commissions panels for the purpose of “accrediting programmes in B.Sc Chemistry and B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, B.Sc. Mathematics, B.Sc. Physics and B.Sc. Statistics in his office on Monday, 14 October 2019.
The Vice-Chancellor said, “I want to express my profound appreciation to the NUC for the sustained effort at sustaining the routine check on the performance of tertiary institutions geared towards the maintenance of the minimum standard”. He said “the University is ready to improve on its weaknesses when identified so as to improve its standard.
In his comment after the review, he had charged the NUC “to be objective in the discharge of their responsibilities as their thoroughness will assist the University in no small measure”, and assures them of providing every logistics support required to effectively carry out their tasks.
Prof. Micah Osilikele, the spokesperson for the teams and the Chairman of the Panel for B.Sc
Mathematics appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and reaffirm that the process wasn’t to compare the institution with other Universities but “to ensure that the minimum benchmark is adhered to.
According to him “the exercise is not a fault-finding exercise meant to witch hunt any programme but a peer review mechanism to ensure conformity with the minimum standard expected”.
The accreditation exercise which drew panellists for each programme from Nigerian universities with a NUC representative in each panel is expected to end on Thursday, 17 October 2019.