Written by Godfrey AKON

Medicine gets only 4% of varsity admissions - Odili

Former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, has said only 4 per cent of university applicants are admitted every year to read medicine.

Odili, who is also the Proprietor of Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port-Harcourt, said his university was established to breach the access gap suffered by young Nigerians seeking medical education within the country.

He spoke in Abuja at the presentation of provisional licenses to six new private universities located in southern Nigeria.

Also speaking, former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, said the160 universities in the country were grossly inadequate to cater for the educational needs of young Nigerians, calling for more private sector education to save the situation.

According to him, government was incapable of providing the required number of universities that would accommodate the teeming population of applicants in the country.

"There are 74 private universities that has been licensed making the total number if universities in the country to 160, this is far too small.

"I will encourage all those who can afford to establish private universities to please do that because government alone cannot do it.

"I will like to see more of this licensing of private universities. There is no nation that can survive without education," he said.

Abdulsalami, who is also the chancellor of PAMO university of Medical Sciences, urged Nigerians to do more to establish schools and universities, and ensure that quality education is being imparted on the students.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Rasheed Abubakar, noted that the number of universities in the country was inadequate to meet the nation's demands of access to university education.

Rasheed disclosed that NUC was committed to the business of processing applications for establishing private universities through the provision of a conducive environment.

He urged proprietors of the universities to strictly adhere to the terms of operation, warning that sanctions await any university that runs fowl of the minimum academic standard expected of them.

The newly licensed universities include: Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State; Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo state; Pamo University of Medical Science, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo, Oyo state; and Eko University of Medicine and Health Science, Ijaniki, Lagos State.

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