The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Julious Okojie, has inaugurated a committee on the closure of illegal universities.
In a brief ceremony held in his office, Okojie said the committee was to monitor and advise him and the management of the commission on the activities of such institutions.
A statement from the commission made available to journalists in Abuja, on Monday stated that members of the committee were also to visit the locations of such institutions in order to initiate the process for their closure.
Okojie expressed displeasure at the preponderance of illegal universities and satellite campuses across the country, noting that the situation called for concern from well-meaning Nigerians.
He also said because of the prevalence of such institutions, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquayyatu Rufaâ€™i, had during her recent visit to the NUC, given a directive for the commission to not only close such institutions, but also prosecute operators.
Okojie advised the committee to seek the assistance of relevant law enforcement agencies in investigating the locations and operations of such institutions with a view to closing them.
In response, the chairman of the Committee, Prof. A.E Adebowale, promised on behalf of members of his committee to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Members of the Committee include the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Fidelis Oyakhilome (Rtd), Mr. L.N, Ogugua, a representative of each of the division in the Federal Capital Territory, and the State Security Service, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq and Mr. M.O. Awe.