This online news platform understands that reports emerged on some social media platforms, suggesting that NUC revoked the operating licence of the university.
The report had said that the NUC revoked the operating licence of the university effective from 2019/2020 academic session.
It added that the decision to revoke the licence was taken after the 77th meeting of the commission in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital when the “Edo state government could not provide authentic documents showing the genuine and real owners of the university.”
The report had also quoted the NUC spokesman, Ibrahim Yakasai,to have said that the “decision is non political and not connected to the political situation in Edo state” involving the state governor, Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
However, a fact check by Naija News shows that the NUC did not revoke Edo University as wrongly reported by some online news platforms (Naija News not included).
The memo which was obtained by Naija News reads in part: “The University Management wishes to inform the general public, parents, students and prospective applicants that the information being peddled is false, baseless and unfounded. The University is running.
“In fact, admission for the 2019/2020 Academic Session is currently ongoing. Prospective applicants are advised to visit the University website www.edouniversity.edu.ng for information and enquiries.
“The University authority wishes to use this medium to call on the general public to disregard the fake news aimed at tarnishing the image and name the University has built over the last few years of its existence. It is on record that Edo University Iyamho is one of the fastest growing universities in Nigeria,” the memo read.