Delta state government yesterday took steps in line with the recent ban on interstate satellite programmes/ campuses and outreach centers by the National University Commission (NUC) throughout the country, to ban no fewer than sixty - three satellite campuses across the state.
In a statement from the state Ministry of Higher Education and signed by the Director Inspectorate, Mrs. E. O Ijabor, a copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY stated: “Government has observed with dismay illegal operations contrary to the (NUC) satellite campuses in the state, and hereby order their closure with immediate effect”
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY r gathered that various universities including polytechnics from neighbouring states have been operating satellite campuses in the state in the last six years against the rules and regulations of NUC; a process the operators have alleged defrauded unsuspecting students of estimated sum of N3.2 Billion.
Reports said thousands of the unsuspecting students who could not meet the basic requirements for regular university programmes were allegedly said to have been admitted for various courses of the outreach with three credits or two without verification.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, Mrs. Ijabor confirmed that there have been series of petitions alleging fraudulent act by operators of the satellite campuses, adding that this act informed the state government to close down sixty three out of the numerous others that are yet to be closed.
Operators of the satellite campuses are said to have taken to their heels following the information by the state government to close down their schools.