The UniAbuja strongly rejects COREN’s assertion that its engineering programs operate with expired accreditations, deeming it as “misleading” and an effort to tarnish the credibility of its engineering offerings.
In a robustly worded statement issued by Dr. Habib Yakoob, the Acting Director of Information and University Relations at the university, on Friday, they dismissed COREN’s claims as a form of blackmail, aimed at discrediting the university’s achievements in the field of engineering.
COREN’s Registrar, Engr Ademola Adisa, had declared during a press conference in Abuja that the accreditations for chemical engineering and civil engineering at the university had lapsed on March 26, 2020, and that electronic engineering and mechanical engineering had been without accreditation since April 20, 2022.
Adisa also remarked that Modibbo Adama University in Yola and Ambrose Alli University in Edo State were running unaccredited engineering programs, making them unfit to produce engineering graduates. Additionally, he claimed that the University of Calabar and Technical University Ibadan were offering unaccredited engineering programs.
The UniAbuja, however, responded on Friday, stating, “The management finds this statement misleading and an attempt to undermine the integrity of our engineering programs.”
They emphasized that in 2015, after a rigorous evaluation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and COREN, they received full accreditation for their Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering programs, along with interim accreditation for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
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UniAbuja pointed out that they have since successfully graduated numerous students who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. They criticized COREN for trying to discredit their achievements, especially considering that the COREN Registrar had previously served as an external examiner for one of the university’s engineering programs.
While acknowledging that COREN had requested visits for accreditation purposes, the university expressed disappointment at COREN’s lack of consideration for the challenges they faced due to strikes and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Abuja stated that they have always been open to regulatory inspections and have seen significant infrastructural and academic developments. They also mentioned recent approvals by the National Universities Commission for several of their engineering programs.
In conclusion, UniAbuja expressed gratitude to students, staff, alumni, parents, and the wider community for their support in response to COREN’s comments and threat to blacklist the university.