The National Universities Commission, (NUC) has accredited 24 new programmes for Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba.
This is in addition to the 29 existing programmes of the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor, Kogi State University, Prof Marietu Ohunene Tenuche disclosed this on Friday at her maiden press briefing held at the senate building of the University in Anyigba.
Prof. Tenuche said the programmes were accredited recently barely one year she assumed office as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Kogi State University since it was established in 1999.
The Vice-Chancellor said 19 of the newly accredited programmes are undergraduate courses while five others are for postgraduates.
“The greatest problem the university has ever faced since establishment was the accreditation debacle. In 2005 for instance, the university presented all the 30 programmes it was running then to the NUC for accreditation; and only nine (9) of such programmes were granted accreditation, all on an interim basis.
“The remaining twenty-one (21) had denied accreditation. The institution was to later make history as it had 29 programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) within 29 months. Since then, the University has had all her programmes accredited, with the exception of the medical programme which had denied accreditation in 2015″ she added.
On the prevailing security situation in the institution, Prof Tenuche said the university had not quite long ago attracted bad press due mainly to the activities of rival cult groups in and out of campus.
Tenuche said ” A number of students were injured or killed in the process, in addition to series of attacks and intimidations launched against the staff of the institution, especially the examination officers. A student was killed by this wicked group shortly after he finished his examination. I don’t know if he is a cult member, but one disturbing thing is that they still went ahead to cut him into pieces. One of our lecturers is in a critical condition as I speak.
“This was a challenge to the management, in addition to low morale among security personnel necessitated by a high level of indiscipline in the Security Unit, inadequate security operatives, unavailability of functional vehicles, porous and unmanned entry points and widespread availability of arms amongst students which they deployed at will.