– An Unaccredited University has awarded 5,000 Degree Certificates for six years.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) may have shut down the World Missionary University Nigeria, which operated for long without educational accreditation but the lingering effects of its nefarious activities still permeate the fabrics of the unsuspecting society after issuing degree certificates to over 5,000 graduates in six years.
The university operated without the knowledge of authorities in Delta State and the NUC claimed that one of its students actually leaked information to them about its illegal activities after he requested to know the status of the institution, having obtained admission in the last academic session.
“You know that these things depend on information. That was how we got to know. Sometimes the security agencies give us information.
As you are aware, this is collaboration between NUC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). This illegal university has multiple campuses,” leader of the NUC Closure Team, Barrister Moses Awe said.
Barrister Awe, who was also the NUC’s Head of Legal Department, said in 2014 the commission closed over 25 illegal universities but some of them resurfaced and are having a running battle with the authorities while some of them have complied with the order.
The NUC/ICPC team which stormed the school unceremoniously met one Pastor Hannah Lucky, who said she was the coordinator of the university’s scholarship and empowerment center.
During interrogation, she explained that her set was legitimate and she has conducted her activities in line with the provisions of the article of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that registered her centre for students’ scholarship and empowerment.
She stood her ground vehemently against the team, insisting that she has not breached any law and the operations of her institution was enabled by the CAC certificate issued to her before commencement in 2010.
She admitted that the World Mission University has been awarding degrees since it commenced operations in 2010 in Benin City, Edo State and has graduated over 5,000 students from diverse professional disciplines.
The institution had ran courses such as medical sciences, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, environmental/health sciences, social sciences, information technology and computer sciences, mass communication and journalism and other humanities.
She also disclosed to the authorities that another set of 84 graduates were due for convocation this August, but had hoped to formally notify the NUC of its activities in the course of the graduation ceremonies, when its foreign parent body based in the US will be visiting.
“What we do here is to enable people obtain international scholarship. I registered with CAC, I am not operating a university, I create training centre. I am not recruiting students but until we get to a campus level which we are about developing now, we teach our students with volunteer lecturers.
“Currently, we have 84 degree students studying healthcare courses including 42 in nursing and other medical health services courses, 12 in the information technology department, six in building and electrical and four in mass media department.
“We are preparing for graduation of our 400 Level students this August. We also have certificate programmes and diploma courses. In the diploma, we have courses which include computer application, entrepreneur and vocational studies, and mass media. We have 31 students here.
“We (World Missionary University Nigeria) started since 2010 in Benin City, Edo State, after we registered with CAC as a recruitment centre for scholarship and empowerment. Since then, over 5,000 students have graduated through the university. We awarded them foreign degree certificates. Our headquarters is in the US and fully accredited there,” she told the team.