The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Thursday in Abuja presented provisional licences to 12 new private universities, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported. The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, presented the licences to each proprietor of the universities.
The universities are: Pen Resource University, Gombe; Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno State; Margaret Lawrence University, Galilee, Delta State; and Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano, Kano State.
Also, Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta state; Bab Ahmed University, Kano, Kano State; Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto, Sokoto State and the Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State.
Others 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.
Speaking at the event, the minister said while the number of universities may seem large, there is a need to establish more universities in the country, “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.” In the 2020 UN Human Development Index, Nigeria dropped three places to 161 out of 189 countries and territories. These are some of the matters we aim to address.
“As usual, the provisional approval for these universities to operate is intended to create room for effective mentoring and qualitative growth within the first three years of operation,” Adamu said. He said the universities would be affiliated to older generation universities for academic and administrative mentoring, which would be moderated by the NUC
He urged the proprietors to sustain funding towards improving infrastructure, equipment for teaching and learning as well as human resources to earn the university’s accreditation by NUC.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, commended the proprietors of the new universities.