The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Academy has been approved as a degree awarding institution by the National University Commission (NUC).
FRSC corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, made this known in Owerri, on Friday after a meeting with the vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Francis Eze.
He said that NUC had allowed the FRSC academy to be affiliated with the university as a prerequisite for the upgrading.
The corps marshal said the meeting was to seek FUTO’s consent on the programme.
He said that the FRSC is likely to begin with post graduate diploma programme and later advance to master’s degree.
“We are here on the directive of the NUC executive secretary in order to meet with its requirements to upgrade our institution,” he said.
“We have chosen to affiliate with your institution because we know that FUTO is among the best institutions in the nation offering transport-related causes.”
Oyeyemi stated that the NUC also wanted FRSC to run programmes in sociology, psychology and ICT aside from transport management technology and that structures and facilities were on ground to kick-start the programme and called on the university to give them the necessary support to enable them to get the NUC accreditation.
Eze said FUTO was ready, saying that: “we will give you all support to succeed in your plans because I know that it will enhance human capacity development.”
FUTO is the first institution to offer transport management technology and also run programmes in psychology and sociology, he stated
Eze assured Oyeyemi that management of the institution would do everything possible to see that the affiliation kick-starts next academic section.
Meanwhile, a technical committee has been set up by the vice chancellor which includes senior FRSC staff and top management staff of FUTO to be chaired by the deputy vice chancellor academics, Okoro Ogbobeme, in order to work out a memorandum of understanding on the affiliation.