The Goals of the National Universities Commission are:
- Attainment of stable and crisis-free University System.
- To work with Nigerian Universities to achieve full accreditation status for at least 80% of the academic programmes.
- To initiate and promote proficiency in the use of ICT for service delivery within the Commission and the Nigerian University System.
- Upgrade and maintain physical facilities in the Nigerian University System for delivery of quality university education.
- To match university graduate output with national manpower needs.
- To foster partnership between the Nigerian University System and the private sector.
The Functions of the Commission are:
- To advise the President and State Governors, through the Minister, on the creation of new universities and other degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria;
- To prepare, after consultation with the State Governments, the universities, the national manpower Board and such other bodies as it considers appropriate, periodic master plans for the balanced and co-coordinated development of all universities in Nigeria;
To lay down Minimum Academic Standards in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to accredit their degrees and other academic awards;
- To ensure that quality is maintained within the academic programmes of the Nigerian University System;
- To make such other investigations relating to higher education as the Commission may consider necessary in the national interest;
- To inquire into and advise the Federal Government on the financial needs, both recurrent and capital, of university education in Nigeria and, in particular, to investigate and study the financial needs of university research and to ensure that adequate provision is made for this in the universities;
- To take into account, in advising the Federal and State Governments on university finances, such grants as may be made to the Universities by the Federal and State Governments, private proprietors and by persons and institutions in and outside Nigeria;
- To undertake periodic reviews of the terms and conditions of service of personnel engaged in the universities and to make recommendations thereon to the Federal Government where appropriate;
- To recommend to the Visitor of a university that a visitation be made to such university as and when it considers it necessary;
- To act as the agency for channeling all external aid to the universities in Nigeria;
- To receive block grants from the Federal Government and allocate them to Federal Universities in accordance with such formula as may be laid down by the National Council of Ministers.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a new date for the implementation of the Access to Higher Education Act, otherwise known as the Students Loan Law, recently assented to by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.
The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has disclosed that the planned deduction of 40% from the Internally Generated Revenue of federal varsities earlier implemented by the Federal Government has been suspended.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has approved a partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” order on striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and ordered the release of four months of withheld salary.
The Acting ES, NUC, Chris J. Maiyaki, received in audience a delegation from the French Embassy led by the Head of Cooperation and Culture Affairs/Director at the French Institute of Nigeria, Mr. Judikael Regnaut, in his office.
The Ag. ES, NUC Mr. Christopher J. Maiyaki has expressed satisfaction with the tremendous progress made on the implementation of the African Centre of Excellence (ACE-Impact) and Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement (SPESSE) Projects by the various Centres domiciled in Nigerian Universities.
The Sir Ahamdu Bello Memorial Foundation, organised a conference on Education in Northern Nigeria, with special theme on “ The Status, Challenges and Way Forward.”
The Ag Executive Secretary, NUC, Mr. Chris J. Maiyaki recently received in audience the new management of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), earlier renamed by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) as the National University of Science and Technology (NAUST)
The Ag. Executive Secretary, NUC, Mr. Chris J. Maiyaki, received a high- powered delegation of the Interim Management Committee of the Federal University of Transportation Daura, Katsina State.
The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education, has inaugurated an eight-man committee to drive and actualize set objectives in the education sector.