This is to inform members of the public that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has lifted the ban on admission into the programmes of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDL&CE).
Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, in a letter to the Vice- Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Adikwu, dated October 12, 2015, said that the moratorium placed on admission into the University’s Centre had been lifted following a recommendation by a panel constituted by the Commission for an on-site assessment which concluded the exercise between September 2 and 5, 2015.
The University’s distance learning programme failed a revalidation assessment by the NUC in 2012 resulting in the ban on admission into the Centre’s courses for nearly two years.
A post-revalidation visit in December 2014, however, resulted in the ban being lifted provisionally which only allowed the University to commence the process of admitting students while remedying outstanding deficiencies and awaiting the NUC’s final post-revalidation visit.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by the University’s Deputy Registrar (Information and Publications), Waziri Garba and made available to The Nation, Okojie said that the Commission had now approved that: “the moratorium on admission of students into the five (5) approved programmes be lifted and academic work may commence for 2015/2016 academic session.”
The five programmes approved to commence academic activities include B.Sc. degrees in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Business Administration and Public Administration.
The NUC boss advised the University to address other areas of deficiencies pointed out in the technical report comprehensively before the expiration of the session in a bid to secure a full re-validation status for all the Centre’s courses adding that a desk officer had been appointed by the NUC to follow up on the revalidation of outstanding deficiencies to ensure success.
Commenting on the development, the Vice Chancellor UniAbuja, Professor Michael Adikwu, and the Director of the University’s Center for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, Professor Peter Siyan, said that plans were under-way to reinvigorate the distance learning component of the University with a view to regaining the confidence of its teeming patrons across the country.
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