- The Federal Executive Council on Monday, May 15, approved the establishment of 36 new private universities following a memo presented by the Ministry of Education
- Nigeria's education minister noted that the development brings the total number of universities licensed by the Buhari administration since 2015 to 72
- Adamu Adamu stated that the approval was granted after considering the importance of education in bolstering the economic fortunes of Nigeria
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The approval was made known on Monday, May 15, at a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, The Punch reported.
The newly-approved schools have increased the figure of private universities in the country to 72, The Nation also reported.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu revealed that the FEC has granted operating licences to 37 new private universities, including an online institution run by a woman.
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It is believed that the online university is the first of its kind to debut in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Adamu declined to mention the names of the newly-approved higher institutions of learning.
Why Nigeria needs more universities, Adamu reveals
Responding to a question on why the FG is approving more universities despite the allegedly unimpressive states of the existing ones, Adamu said more are needed to meet up with the huge youth population.
The minister said:
"We need more universities. The existence of the many universities should not deter the creation of new ones. Besides, these are private universities."
Proliferation of universities in Nigeria
Nigeria already has about 217 universities, according to the National Universities Commission (NUC), the agency that regulates and supervises the nation’s university system.
Forty-nine are run by the federal government, and over 90% of the country’s students are in public universities.
Despite this, the National Assembly recently raised the idea of establishing 63 new universities, a proposal objected to by some stakeholders.
University of Abuja releases breakdown of how much students will pay
Legit.ng earlier reported that the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) released the fees to be paid by new students of the institution for the 2022/2023 academic session.
This was disclosed in a post on the university's official Facebook page on Saturday, April 29.
List of best universities in Africa as world university ranking releases new report
Legit.ng also reported that the University of Ibadan (UI), the University of Nigeria (UNN), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, have been ranked among the best universities in the world according to the Centre for World University Rankings.
A total of 20,531 universities were ranked, with 2,000 making the global list according to the list published on the website of the global organisation recently.