Nigeria has given operational licences to 20 new private universities in the country.
The approval was given on Wednesday by the country’s Federal Executive Council (FEC), the highest decision-making body, when Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, presented a proposal memo before the meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adamu said the 20 new private universities would be given provisional licenses to run for three years while the ministry monitors and evaluates their growth.
Nine of the universities are located in the country’s Northcentral, three in Southsouth, two in Southeast, five in Northwest and one in Southwest.
The universities approved by the FEC are Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State, Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State, Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State, Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State, and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State.
Others are Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State, Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State, Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State, NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State and Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.
James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State, Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State, Capital City University, Kano, Kano State; Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, Kwara State; and University of Offa, Offa, Kwara State were also given licences.
The minister said that the approval was given because the universities met the criteria for establishing universities following visitations by the country’s university education’s regulatory agency, the National Universities Commission (NUC).
This brings the total number of private universities in the country to 99.
According to the NUC, 14 steps are involved in the process of establishing and granting of approval for a new university.
Parts of the requirements include application, in writing, stating the intent for the establishment of the university and interview of promoters to ascertain their seriousness. The other step is the collection of forms.
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