The National Commission of Universities NUC delivered this Thursday the operating licenses to the 20 new private universities recently approved by the provisional Federal Government.
The licenses authorize the new institution to start academic activities.
The recent certification now brings the number of private institutions in the country to 99 and 193 universities in total.
Let us remember that the Federal Executive Council approved the universities in February 2021.
However, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who presented the licenses to the universities on behalf of the federal government,
He argued that Nigeria needed more universities to serve its large education-hungry population.
He advocated for greater investment by the private sector in university education in the country.
“The Government is also well aware that countries that are consistently well ranked on human development indices, in recognition of the important role of universities in human capital development, have sustained a respectable number of universities relative to their population. .
Relative to Nigeria’s population of over 200 million, the current 193 universities are quite low compared to those of other economies such as Brazil (209 million) 441 universities, Mexico (126 million) 375 universities, Russia (1.445 million) 741 universities.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, was represented at the event by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Some of the prominent names among the presidents of the new private universities include the Executive Secretary of the Trust Fund for Tertiary Education (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Hassan Kukah, founder of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia , among others.
193 universities are not enough for the population of Nigeria – Minister, Adamu