Lead City, Caritas, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Tansian, Madonna, Achievers and Obong are the affected institutions.
The Director of Press and Public Relations of NUC, Mallam Ibrahim Yakassai, confirmed this in a telephone interview with a national daily.
A top source, who pleaded anonymity, said the decision to suspend the operational licences of the affected universities was due to their non-compliance with the regulations guiding the operations of universities in the country as stipulated by the NUC.
“The operators of the universities affected know their offences because so many times, we have informed them about their failings but they did not take necessary steps to address their shortcomings. Anyway, It’s just a suspension and it will be lifted as soon as they do the correct things,” the source said.
This suspension comes weeks after the suspension of part time programmes in tertiary institutions all over the country.
Authorities of the private universities whose operational licences were on Wednesday suspended by the National Universities Commission have expressed shock, disappointment and embarrassment over the NUC announcement.
The institutions said the NUC neither informed them of any form of wrongdoing, nor sent notice before making its decision public on Wednesday, adding that they learnt of the suspension for the first time in the media.
In a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday, the Registrar of Madonna University, Mr. Theophilus Ugwoke, said the NUC announcement was a big surprise and an embarrassment.
If you recall last week part time programmes were suspended, makes me think the Nigerian educational system is probably about to change for good.