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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday in Abuja approved the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of seven new private universities in the country. Nigeria currently has 96 universities, comprising 27 federal, 35 state and 34 private universities.

The seven private universities are Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa, Edo State; Paul University, Awka, Anambra State; Rhema University, Obeama-Asa, Rivers State; Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State; Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State; Godfrey Okoye University,

Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu State, and Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja.


Speaking at the post FEC briefing, which was chaired by Nigerian president, Umaru Yar'Adua, the Minister of Information, Dora Akunyili, and her Minister of State counterpart, Ikra Bilbis, said the Minister of Education, Sam Egwu, presented a memo to the council seeking the approval for the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of the new private universities.

Mrs. Akunyili said FEC approved the memo after considering the country's rising population. "Considering our rising population and this administration's desire to improve skills and enhance standards as one of the seven-point agenda Council, therefore, considered and approved the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of the seven (7) private universities," she said.

The Minister of State for Education, Aisha Duku, who also spoke at the briefing, said the universities had to undergo rigorous screening before getting the provisional licences.

Ms Dukku added that currently, out of the 96 universities in the country, only 34 are privately owned, and that more universities are needed to take care of the millions who need admission. She said that over one million candidates applied for university admission this year through the Joint Matriculation Examination and only about 220,000 could be accommodated.

She also said contrary to popular opinion that private universities are concentrated in one part of the country, the seven approved private universities are evenly distributed. Two of them are situated in each of the three zones in the South, while one is in the Federal Capital Territory.

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Comment by Eby Star on February 4, 2010 at 5:38pm
Plenty school and after that, no employment the the graduate except if you know somebody (Ima mmadu).
Comment by Moore Eze on November 2, 2009 at 8:13pm
All that is needed urgently is policy implimentation that could lead to job creation and employment of millions of grauates roaming about our cities and villages. Issuing licences to private universities to produced unemployed graduates is senseless
Comment by John Akukwe on October 26, 2009 at 1:28pm
Thats a welcome development. However, I hope and pray that their School Fees will be within the reach of the masses and teaming under-graduates who are desparately looking for University admission.
Comment by Alimson Adekunle Adams on October 25, 2009 at 1:31pm
EDUCATION FOR THE RICH ONLY. WHAT ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT? EVEN GOD IS NOW FOR THE RICH ONLY, WHAT ELSE DO WE EXPECT. WHEN ALL THE CHURCHES IN NIGERIA RECOGNISED ONLY THE RICH. SOONER, GOD WILL DECIDE BUT ONLY WHEN THE PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED AND REALISED THAT IN A COMPLEX SITUATION LIKE OURS YOU CAN BECOME WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE IF YOU FIGURE IT OUT PROPERLY AND RIGHTLY AS WELL AS TAKE THE RISKS DAMNING THE CONSEQUENCES.
Comment by onwukwe peter on October 23, 2009 at 7:19pm
yeah we need private unis n not privy
Comment by Titilayo on October 23, 2009 at 9:17am
@ Dudu,You are right.but in a situation where poor people could not afford some state university like the one in my State(Osun) would they afford the private ones.God is in Control.
Comment by Chika Uche Dudu on October 22, 2009 at 7:31pm
Am not aganst building of school or Universities, but make sure the poor also can come ok?
Comment by Moses K Tawose on October 22, 2009 at 2:36pm
We must not loose the importance of knowledge acquisition because it's the bottom line to any advancement. It would be expensive but the cost of ignorance cannot be measured.Setting the price and recouping is paramount for the investors and I believe it wouldn't be for long before the government rose to the situation to open more. This would remove the monopoly and their would be competition to improve our development. One draw back is that most of this investors do not educate their own at those schools which would have make a difference to access what kind of product the schools are churning out. Nigeria deserves better for the money they're spending on their siblings and as well a better citizens for the future generation. This the private school would do a good job on and not the white washed ones from the governments own who careless, but work for the remuneration as in government jobs where nothing ever get done rather a show of power. We need development and advancement in every part of the country with all citizen getting education. It's the right of all......!!!
Comment by Tari on October 22, 2009 at 2:20pm
Federal goverment should establish federal universities in the states that dont have any at the moment
Comment by Omeiza Dominic on October 22, 2009 at 1:22pm
Does this mean that Only people that can afford private universities would be able to go to universities?, Lets face it, federal and state universities are still on strike.
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