- The federal government has issued provisional licences to four new private universities
- The new universities will be on probation for three years before getting substantive licenses if they meet the standard requirements
- The minister of education said the approval would further address the issue of access to university education in the country
The federal government has issued provisional licences to four new private universities. The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, presented the licences to the representatives of the tertiary institutions on Tuesday, February 5.
The universities are;
1. Greenfield University, Kaduna, Kaduna state
2. Dominion University, Ibadan, Oyo state
3. Trinity University, Laloko, Ogun state
4. Westland University, Iwo, Osun state
With the approval of the new universities, the total number of private universities in the country is 79, The Guardian reports.
With 43 federal and 48 state universities, Nigeria maintains its top spot as the nation with the largest university system in Africa.
Adamu said the provisional licenses were issued to create room for effective monitoring in the first three years of their operation, adding that substantive licenses would only be issued to them based on performance during the probation period.
The education minister noted that the approval would further address the issue of access to university education in the country.
He said:“It is worth noting that Nigerian private universities have contributed (immensely) in the last 20 years and will continue to contribute to the opening up of access for the growing population of candidates seeking university education.
“The emergence of private universities in Nigeria has created an environment for healthy competition that stimulates improvement in quality service delivery in the system.”
Adamu warned that government would not tolerate any forms of breach, stressing that anything in contravention of the National Universities Commission (NUC) guidelines would attract appropriate sanctions.
The executive secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said that the institutions had undergone a rigorous assessment. He added that the nation could only meet its yearly demand for access to university education when more private universities were established.
He congratulated the proprietors on the occasion but warned that the commission will not put accessibility above quality.
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Meanwhile, following the inability of stakeholders in the education sector to resolve the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the association on Tuesday, February 5, conducted a nationwide referendum.
The referendum, Legit.ng learnt, was to decide whether to suspend the industrial action which has crippled activities in the nation’s universities for three months or to continue until the federal government meets the demands of the lecturers.
The referendum was organised by the national leadership of the union which directed its coordinators at the zones to meet with their various chairmen over the action.
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