The Nigerian Government on Wednesday approved the establishment of additional 20 private universities across the country.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Adamu said the approved universities will get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission (NUC), which they will use for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation will go on.
The approved universities are:
- Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom,
- Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara,
- Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo,
- Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State
- Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State
- Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo,
- Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River,
- Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo ,
- NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State
- Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau
- 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
- University of Offa, Offa, Kwara, also got provisional approval
- Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State
- Edusoko University, Bida, Niger
- Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja
- Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa
- Anan University, Kwall, Plateau
Nine of the private universities are located in North Central, three in South-South, two in South-East, five in the North-West and one in South-West.
With the additional 20 universities, the total number of private universities in Nigeria now stands at 99.