The National Universities Commission (NUC) has uncovered 3 illegal Universities degree-awarding universities in Nigeria.
The 3 illegal universities are Nobel International Business School (NIBS) in Lagos State; Copperstone University, UPTA, USA, operating in Bayelsa State; and Pathfinder University, Jos (College of Theology and Development Studies).
The NUC made this known in an advert placed in some national newspapers on Wednesday.
In the advert signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Ibrahim Yakassai, the commission alerted the public to the illegal operations of the institutions. It said; all certificates obtained from them will not be recognised or acceptable in Nigeria for the purposes of employment or further studies.
The commission said; the proprietors and promoters of the illegal degree institutions must close down their illegal activities within 30 days.
The commission also; directed the illegal institutions to submit their notice of compliance within the stated period or face the consequences of their illegal operation.
NUC said it is in possession of posters advertising the 4th Convocation Ceremony/induction into Doctorate Fellowships which purportedly took place on July 13 at the Berom Outreach Ministries along Yakubu Gowon Way beside Uma Bread, Sabon-Barki, Jos, Plateau State.
The commission said the poster contained the photograph of the Founder/Chancellor, Felix Obajafa.
NUC said the activities of universities violate the Education National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act Cap E3 2004, an Act which similarly mandates NUC to close down all unapproved degree-awarding institutions.