The National Universities Commission (NUC) says Plateau State University will be sanctioned if it does not get its programmes accredited by the end of May.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the end of his five-year tenure on Monday, Dokan Sheni, vice chancellor of the university, said none of the programmes offered at the university has been accredited since the university was established 12 years ago.

“In this next phase of accreditation of programmes, we need the 15 programmes to be accredited.

“We have no option because if we fail to meet up this time around, it means all the programmes affected will be suspended and the students won’t graduate.”

He said graduates from the university were initially not allowed to partake in the National Youth Service Corps scheme but that the challenge has been resolved.

Sheni said the university did not have enough lecturers because of inadequate funding and accomodation challenges experienced by staff and students alike.

According to him, the entire staff of the university, live in Jos, the state capital, which is about 60 kilometres from the university.

Sheni said the university has sponsored 64 lecturers for further degrees; out of which 10 have obtained doctoral degrees from foreign universities, and are now teaching in the university.

He said the university intends to train 17 people for doctoral programmes every year who will in turn become lecturers.



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