country, which have been running programmes that are not in conformity
with their mandates, to stop such with immediate effect.
In a statement on Sunday, the government directed that such universities
should stick to their core mandates for which they were set up and
desist from running programmes which have no bearing to their names and
It described as unfortunate a situation where universities of
agriculture offered programmes in Law and management courses such as
Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others,
and most of these institution go as far as changing the nomenclature of
the courses, a situation where they have now have Banking Engineering,
Accounting Technology among others.
The statement by the spokesman for the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, stated that the Minister of
Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had directed JAMB “to delete all such
courses on its portal.”
He added that all candidates desirous of sitting the 2017 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the statement advised, “should not
be hoodwinked into such programmes as they are illegal and are not
provided for in JAMB brochure.
He described specialised universities as those set up to pursue specific
courses and programmes to generate manpower in particular sectors of
He said, “Some of these specialised institutions include universities of
agriculture, universities of technologies and universities of medicine,
The Federal Government has observed that these institutions have
derailed from their statutory responsibilities, thereby running
programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.
The government notes the unfortunate situation where Universities of
Agriculture offer programmes in Law, management courses such as
Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others.
It described this as aberration which must stop with immediate effect.
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