Nigeria increases list of approved varsities to 152
The Nigerian government has increased the number of approved universities in the country to 152, following its recent approval of 8 new private universities.
Most of the approved universities are located in the nation’s South where its population has relative advantage in educational attainment.
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, who announced the approval, said the exercise was based on the recommendations of the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Anwukah said the approved universities have been temporarily licensed for three years and would be mentored by older universities in line with Education Act, Cap E3 Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
He said the ministry had submitted a memo seeking approval for eight private universities after recommendation by the NUC.
The newly approved universities are Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos; Arthur Jarvis Akpabuyo University, Calabar, Cross River; Clifford University, Owerinta, Abia; Coal City University, Enugu; Crown Hill University, Kwara.
Others include Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo; Kola Daisy University, also in Ibadan; and Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State.
He said Anchor University will be mentored by the University of Lagos, Jarvis University by the University of Calabar and Clifford University by the University of Agriculture, Umudike, while Coal City University will be mentored by the University of Nigeria Nsukka; Crown Hill University by the University of Ilorin; and Kola Daisy and Dominican universities, all in Oyo state, will be mentored by the University of Ibadan.
"It is the part of the requirements; an older university old enough within the university zone where each of the new universities has been approved is given the mandate to oversee and mentor the new universities in terms of academic culture, administration for three years within which period they must have learnt the art of university governance and academic details," he said.