- The number of federal universities in Nigeria is set to increase as President Buhari approves a new one in Benue
- Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said his principal approved the establishment of the University of Health Sciences in Oturkpo on Wednesday, November 18
- Earlier, the National Universities Commission (NUC) released a full list of all approved federal, state, and private universities in Nigeria
Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, announced the news on Wednesday, November 18, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Buhari, The Cable reported.
ThisDay also quoted Adesina as saying:
“I just like to announce that a draft bill for the establishment of a Federal University of Health Sciences was approved and is to be cited in Otukpo, Benue state."
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NUC releases full list of 198 approved federal, state, private universities in Nigeria
Meanwhile, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has released a full list of all approved federal, state, and private universities in Nigeria.
This is contained in the NUC's bulletin released on Monday, October 18.
The list shows Nigeria currently has 45 federal universities, 54 state universities and 99 private universities, making a total of 198.
Ngige opens up on FG's plan to ensure ASUU doesn't embark on strike
In other news, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has assured Nigerians that the federal government will ensure that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) do not embark on strike action.
Ngige said the federal government will begin the process of paying ASUU members their outstanding funds. Speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today monitored by Legit.ng, the minister said the funds needed to offset the debt is available. He also said that the union would not be paid directly but the money would be transferred to the universities' accounts.
The minister added that he had a meeting with the minister of state for education and that the situation will be evaluated to make sure that the disbursement of the funds does on as planned.