Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, has commended the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the periodic review of programmes in the Universities through its accreditation exercise, stressing that the exercise is not for fault-finding but aims at improving the standard of tertiary education. He made these remarks when he received four NUC 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. “In all, 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”, Professor Olayinka said. He wondered what would have happened if all institutions were allowed to do things in their own way without control and thanked the teams for coming, and disclosed that the University is ready to improve on its weaknesses when identified so as to improve its standard. The VC charged them to be objective in the discharge of their responsibilities as their thoroughness will assist the University in no small measure, assuring them of providing every logistics support required to effectively carry out their tasks. Earlier in his address, the spokesperson for the teams and the Chairman of the Panel for B.Sc Mathematics, Prof. Micah Osilike thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the warm reception and informed the VC that their coming was not to compare UI with other Universities but to ensure that the minimum benchmark is adhered to. According to Professor Osilike “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. By Olatunji Oladejo & Kunle Oladipo
Directorate of Public Communication

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