A high-powered mock accreditation team of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has visited the Enugu Study Centre to ascertain the level of preparedness and readiness ahead of the forthcoming National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation exercise.
The team was warmly received by the centre director, Prof. Alexander Uche Onyia and his senior staff.
The visit, according to the team leader, Emeritus Prof. Godwin Sogolo, was meant to inspect and assess the facilities on ground in order to ascertain the level of the centre's readiness for the NUC visit, scheduled to hold in November, 2023.
"We are not here to witch-hunt the centre rather to find out the areas of dire needs for provision at the centre before the proper accreditation exercise.
"We want to grow the centre with you and hence the need to be open in everything," Sogolo said.
Sogolo emphasized the importance of being frank, open and sincere in highlighting the centre's areas of weaknesses and strengths, taking into cognizance the checklist provided for as a guide.
He added that the team can recommend to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, based on information given to them.
Onyia took time to reel out the areas of urgent needs of provision for the centre's smooth landing during the NUC's accreditation exercise, which include: drilling of borehole, broad band internet subscription - 10mbps /2mbps, 16 bottles of fire extinguishers and 16 sand buckets, 10 standing air conditioners, Stand Alone Thin Client for E - exam/ CBT hall and host of others.
High profile of personalities among the team were the former, Executive Secretary, NUC, Emeritus Prof. Julius A. Okojie, Prof. Mba Okoronkwo, OON, Prof. Emmanuel Oyedipe, Prof. Godwin Ogbadu.
Others included Prof. Olufemi Otunbajo, Mr Oladimeji Tiamiyu and Mr Bala Usman Alhamudu, PAR, respectively.
The mock accreditation exercise ended smoothly.