National Universities Commission, NUC, has lifted the ban placed on admission into the University of Abuja Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, CDL and CE, following the remarkable progress made by the centre in addressing the short-comings that necessitated the ban.
This was contained in a press release signed by the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Waziri Garba, and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the release, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Julius Okojie, in a letter to the Vice- Chancellor of the university, Professor Michael Adikwu, dated October, 12, said the moratorium placed on admission into the centre had been lifted, following recommendations by a panel constituted by the NUC.
‘‘The university’s distance learning programme failed a revalidation assessment by the NUC in 2012 resulting in the ban on admission into its courses for nearly two years. A post-revalidation visit in December 2014, however, resulted in the ban being lifted provisionally which only allowed the university to commence the process of admitting students while remedying outstanding deficiencies and awaiting the NUC’s final post-revalidation visit.
‘‘Professor Okojie said the commission had now approved that “the moratorium on admission of students into the five approved programmes be lifted and academic work may commence for 2015/2016 academic session.”
The five programmes approved include B.Sc degrees in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Business Administration and Public Administration.
Okojie advised the university to address other areas of deficiencies pointed out in the technical report before the expiration of the session, so as to secure a full re-validation status for all its courses, adding that a desk officer had been appointed by the NUC to follow up on the revalidation of outstanding deficiencies to ensure success.
Commenting on the development, the vice chancellor and the Director of the Center for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, Professor Peter Siyan, said plans were under-way to reinvigorate the distance learning component of the university with a view to regaining the confidence of its patrons across the country.
The University of Abuja distance learning programme commenced at the same time with the conventional academic component on January, 1, 1988. It is the first university in the country to assume a dual mandate at inception.

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