The Periscope reporter
The Federal Government has granted provisional licences to 20 new private universities to operate in Nigeria.
The decision was taken at the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Wednesday, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
The minister revealed that the approved universities would get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission.
Adamu said the approved universities would operate with the provisional licences “for the next three years, while monitoring and evaluation will go on.”
Nine of the newly approved universities are located in North Central; three in South South; two in South East; five in North West, one in South West and none in the North East
The new universities are Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State; Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State; Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State; Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State; and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State.
Others are Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State; NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State; and Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.
They also include 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 State; and University of Offa, Offa, Kwara State.
Others are Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State; Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State; Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja; Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State; and Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State.
The approval brought the number of private universities in Nigeria to ninety-nine.