Ph.D Must Be Minimum Qualification To Be Lecturer In Varsities, Says National Universities Commission (NUC)
Professor Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), on Friday said that the minimum qualification to be engaged as lecturers in Nigerian universities is doctorate degree and must be observed by all universities in the country.
Okojie, said this, on Wednesday in Abuja, when he received a delegation of the Study Group 5 of Senior Executive Course 37 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, led by Professor Celestine Bassey, on study tour of strategic institutions.
He refuted a comment by one of the delegates that some universities recruit those with master’s degrees and in some cases, first degrees, a situation the NIPSS participant said was responsible for poor quality graduates churned out by universities.
Okojie explained that the Federal Government, through Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), had embarked on aggressive training of lecturers, both locally and overseas, towards ensuring that the problem of shortage of qualified lecturers in the university system is addressed.
He, however, maintained that the quality of graduates from Nigerian universities was globally competitive, saying many graduates from Nigerian universities who have proceeded to do their postgraduate programmes abroad always outshine those from other parts of the world.
Okojie told the delegation that the commission had successfully dealt with the issue of illegally universities that were springing up in the country some years back, adding that apart from closure of such illegal institutions, some of their promoters were prosecuted in courts and jailed.