The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning (CODeL) of the Federal University of Technology, Minna to run a B.Tech degree programme in Computer Science.

The approval notice was communicated to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, vide a letter dated October 25, 2019 and signed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed.

The Executive Secretary said the approval was sequel to the validated status recommended by the Panel comprising of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and subject matter experts as well as NUC representatives that visited the proposed Centre in August, 2019.

“The Centre may therefore commence operations with B. Tech. Computer Science programme only via ICT enabled learning model of Open and Distance Learning (ODL)”, the statement revealed.

The letter further enjoined the University to ensure total compliance with the requirements for running (ODL) programme in Nigerian Universities and that addition of new programmes would be done on a programme by programme basis and subject to pre-assessment as well as approval by the Commission while noting that there would be continuous periodic monitoring by NUC to ensure that there is no deviation from acceptable best practices.

In an exclusive chat with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bala, expressed appreciation to NUC for granting the Centre approval to commence the programme while assuring the Commission that the University will comply with all the laid down laws governing the running of ODL programme in Nigeria as enshrined by NUC.

Prof. Bala described the approval given to the Centre as a great piece of news and a reward for hard work and sacrifice put in by members of the University community.

“The CODeL project has been in the pipeline for about a decade and the approval is a giant leap towards the attainment of the Centre’s objectives as envisioned by my predecessors”, the VC disclosed.

The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the approval will provide the University with a powerful and useful platform for the actualization of its vision for enhanced access to quality university education and also for its drive for increased diversity as well as internationalization of students’ enrolment.

“I want to use this opportunity to congratulate and appreciate members of the University community, especially the Director and staff of the Centre as well as my predecessors, Professors Muhammed Salihu Audu and Musbau Adewumi Akanji, for this achievement. I will also want to caution that we cannot afford to go to sleep. Now is the difficult path and “to whom much is given, much is expected”. We must all join hands to work towards making the Centre an enviable model and unrivalled leader in Open and Distance Learning”, Prof. Bala advised.

On his part, the Director of CODeL, Prof. Abiodun Musa Aibinu commended NUC for finding the Centre worthy to run ODL programme in the country, adding that the Centre would work assiduously to maintain a superb standard that the Commission will be proud of.

Prof. Aibinu said the approval was a reward for all the efforts put in place over the past 10 years by all those saddled with different responsibilities by the University Management right from inception of the Centre while stating that the Centre would redefine the concept of ODL programme in the country based on the quality of its course materials and deliverables supported by seamless internet connectivity.

The Director expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bala and other Management team of the University for their well-documented support which culminated in the realization of the Centre’s desire to commence the programme while also thanking the former Vice-Chancellors of the University, Profs. Audu and Akanji for their contribution to the success story of the Centre.

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