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NUC Approves 12 New Private Universities.

The National University Commision have recently issued provisional licences to 12 new private Universities which were approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on 6 April of this year.

The newly approved Private Universities include:

  • Pen Resource University, Gombe
  • Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri Borno State
  • Margaret Lawrence University Galilee, Delta State
  • Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano, Kano State
  • Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta state
  • Bab Ahmed University, Kano, Kano State
  • Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto, Sokoto State
  • Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State

Also presented with the provisional licences are: Peter University, Achina/Onneh, Anambra State; Newgate University, Minna, Niger State, European University of Nigeria, Duboyi, Abuja, FCT and Northwest University, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu presented the licences to proprietors of the universities at the NUC auditorium in Abuja on Thursday 12 May 2022. Adamu noted that while the number of universities may seem much, there was a need to establish more universities in the country.

The Minister, in his remarks, congratulated the new universities for successfully passing through the crucible of the 14 step process to earn the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

He reiterated that the Federal Government’s commitment to the strengthening of NUC’s quality assurance operations to ensure that, while they are improving access to University education by way of increased enrolment, quality and relevance to national needs are not compromised.

In his words: “Government is also well aware of the need to improve the country’s Human Development index ranking knowing that countries that are consistently well-ranked in human development indices have maintained a respectable number of universities relative to their population.

“I continue to follow with keen interest the activities of the NUC at sanitising the system, and the boldness with which the Commission has approached its mandate of quality assurance, as the sole regulatory agency of University education in the country, by law.

“Being critical stakeholders in the education sector, we should be united in seeking ways of improving quality service delivery of University education in Nigeria, devise strategies for quality improvement and elimination of social vices, as well as maintaining industrial peace and harmony for sustainable growth.”

With the presentation of the licences, Nigeria now has a total of 111 private universities.

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