Legal luminary, Afe Babalola, has faulted the establishment of universities by legislation, insisting that the National Assembly has no right to do so.
He made the comment in a ceremony to mark the 12th anniversary of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Tuesday.
The legal icon expressed concern that many substandard tertiary institutions have been established through such a process.
He insists that the National Universities Commission (NUC) is the authority saddled with the approval of universities as tertiary institutions cannot be established for political patronage and popularity.
Babalola urged the Ministry of Education and the NUC “to exercise their powers to checkmate this in the interest of quality education in the country”.
“Every attempt must be made by all stakeholders to put a lid on the establishment of political universities that hardly survive those who put them in place after they are out of power, otherwise there will be a crash in the quality of private universities,” he said.