…As IGP urges women police officers to sustain professional excellence***
The House of Representatives has directed the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the alleged intimidation and extortion of money from universities for accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Sam Onwuaso (PDP, Anambra, (Ogbaru Federal Constituency) during the plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Idris Wase on Wednesday.
The motion is entitled “Need to Investigate the Allegations of Corruption in the National Universities Commission (NUC) during its Accreditation of Universities’’.
Moving the motion, Onwuaso said that the NUC accreditation system had been used over the years to maintain and monitor quality and high academic standards in Nigerian universities.
He said that process to evaluate academic programmes by the commission was done every five years.
The house also noted that in the course of carrying out its mandate, the NUC accreditation teams undertook the spot assessment of facilities, lecture halls, quality of academic content and laboratories, among others.
This is to ensure that the universities meet up with the required standards to run such academic programmes to determine whether to revoke, withhold or grant accreditation.
The lawmakers expressed concern on allegations of intimidation and extortion of money from universities in order to ensure accreditation of their programmes.
Furthermore, the reps expressed concern that the alleged monetary demands for accreditation led to increment of tuition fees by some universities to meet up with the demands of the NUC accreditation teams.
The house directed committee to investigate the allegations and report back within six weeks for further legislative.
In the meantime, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has called on the women component of Nigeria Police Force to sustain the successes it had recorded over the years.
Adamu made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of the 2019 Nigeria Police Force Women’s Conference.
He said the force had over the years emplaced policies to respect gender sensitivity that resulted in the establishment of the Office of the Force Gender Advisor.
According to him, the emplaced policies have also led to the establishment of the gender unit under the Force Intelligence Bureau.
“I am extremely proud of the successes recorded by the women component of the Nigeria Police and wish to encourage you all to sustain the professional excellence.
“This forum represents a strategic platform to interact, engage in professional peer review and address gender related issues that might be inhibiting the optimal performance of women police officers.
“It is my expectation that you will utilise this opportunity to enhance your professional output and acquaint yourselves with the laid down rules and disciplinary processes as it affects women police officers,” he said.
Adamu urged the participants to come up with a communiqué that would capture the outcome of the conference and advance sets of plans that would assist the police leadership.
He said the sets of plans would assist the police management in advancing the interest of women officers.
In her remark, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Charge of Animal Branch, Dr Aishatu Abubakar, said the conference was apt in view of the challenges facing the Nigeria Police Force.
Abubakar, the most senior woman in the force, said the conference would avail participants the opportunity to brainstorm on issues bothering on women police officers.
She said the areas of focus in the deliberation would include discipline, corruption, responsibilities of women police officers, retirement plans, financial responsibilities, social media usage and mentoring.
The commissioner said the outcome of the conference would enhance the performance of women officers and improve the overall image of the force.