The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has on Friday divulged that the minimum qualification to be engaged as lecturers in Nigerian universities is doctorate degree. He also stressed that this new directive must be observed by all universities in the country.
According to Nigeriauniversityscholarship, this disclosure was made known in Abuja, when he received a delegation of the Study Group 5 of Senior Executive Course 37 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, led by Professor Celestine Bassey, on study tour of strategic institutions.
He contested a comment by one of the delegates that some universities recruit those with master’s degrees and in some cases, first degrees, a situation the NIPSS participant said was responsible for poor quality graduates churned out by universities.
Okojie explained that the Federal Government, through Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), had embarked on aggressive training of lecturers, both locally and overseas, towards ensuring that the problem of shortage of qualified lecturers in the university system is addressed.