Aso Rock, Abuja - The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of 12 private universities across the country.
This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, April 6, in Abuja.
“Council approved the memo for the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of 12 proposed private universities."
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The proposed private universities are:
- Pen Resource University Gombe, Gombe state
- Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno state
- Margaret Lawrence I -University, Delta state
- Khalifa Ishaku Rabiu University Kano, Kano state.
- Sports University Idumuje Ugboko, Delta state
- Bala Ahmed University Kano
- Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto state
- Nigerian-British University Hasa, Abia state
- Peter University Acina-Onene, Anambra state
- Newgate University, Minna, Niger state
- European University of Nigeria in Duboyi, Abuja
- North-West University Sokoto
Legit.ng gathers that Mohammed said the minister of state, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba presented the memo on behalf of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and it was approved by the cabinet.
According to him, each of the new universities will be mentored by the old universities nearer to them.
The information minister argued that establishment of additional universities for an over 200 million-populated country was necessary if the policy of educating a larger percentage of youngsters was to succeed.
200 universities are not enough for Nigeria, says Sam Maduka Onyishi
Meanwhile, Sam Maduka Onyishi has declared that the over 200 universities in Nigeria are not enough for the high demand for university education in the country.
The popular entrepreneur who is currently building the Sam Maduka University, Ekwegbe, Nsukka in Igbo-Etiti local government area of Enugu state, said with the huge population of the country, Nigeria will need more universities to meet the needs of fresh secondary school leavers.
Onyishi, chairman of Peace Mass Transit and C & I Leasing made the comment in an interactive session with journalists after a tour of the facility.