One-Third Of OAU Law Lecturers Have No Doctorate Degree – NUC

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, NUC

The National Universities Commission, (NUC) has revealed that 31.5 per cent of the academic staff of the Faculty of Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, do not possess a doctoral degree.

This was contained in a recent report by an accreditation team sent to the university in 2019 by the commission.

NUC has, however, restored accreditation of some programmes it stopped at the university two years ago.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the faculty, as well as some other departments, lost their accreditation in 2018 and were unable to admit students for the 2018/2019 academic year.

The school consequently asked admission seekers applying for Law, Botany, Dentistry, Fine Arts and Medical Rehabilitation programmes to change their courses or choose other institutions.

According to a report of the commission, a copy of which was obtained by this paper, the NUC has now accredited some the of the programmes but made some observations and demanded an improvement from the school.

In its observation on the Faculty of Law, the report read: “31.5% of academic staff do not have the Ph.D degree.”

The NUC advised the university to ensure that all the academic staff obtain doctorate degree.

The accreditation team had also reported that academic staff offices were not well-furnished while law material texts such as statute books, law books, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, law reports and journals were not available in the Judge Chambers.

Moreover, the team complained that the funding for the programme is inadequate.

Meanwhile, in its reaction, OAU Vice-Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the university would put in more efforts to ensure the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which he said the university is noted for.

He said this in a statement issued by the school’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju.

He noted that the NUC has restored the accreditation of some academic programmes being run by the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the university.

“Programmes being run by other Faculties were also accredited by the NUC while all programmes at the Postgraduate level were also fully accredited.”

Commenting on the results, Mr Ogunbodede lauded the Abubakar Rasheed-led NUC, for striving to ensure that all academic programmes in Nigerian universities are of international standards and their products adequately equipped to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

He, however, called on stakeholders to assist the university in putting in place the infrastructure that would make “us fully realise and bring into fruition the dreams of the founding fathers.”

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