FEDERAL Government has granted approval for establishment of 12 new private universities.
The approval was made by the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Presidential Villa, yesterday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed the information on behalf of the Ministry of Education, noted that the 12 private universities will be mentored by already existing universities.
According to him, the new universities will have mentoring on recruitment of principal officers, academic, and administrative staff, availability of human and material resources for the commencement of any academic programme among others.
The benefitting states include Kano, Niger, Gombe, Sokoto, Delta, Abia, Anambra and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“Council approved the memo for the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of 12 proposed private universities. The proposed private universities are Pen Resource University Gombe, Gombe State, Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno State, Margaret Lawrence 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 and Peter University Acina-Onene, Anambra State as well as Newgate University, Minna, Niger State, European University of Nigeria in Duboyi, Abuja and the North-West University, Sokoto,” he said.
It will be recalled that some stakeholders in the education sector have criticised the government at various times for the proliferation of tertiary institutions and neglecting the old ones. Some have also attributed the setting up of these universities to political reasons. But justifying the latest action, Mohammed said Nigeria lacks adequate universities to accommodate the teeming population of youths desirous for University education.