By Godfrey AKON
Over ten new private universities have scaled the initial hurdles of submitting application documents and are awaiting the Federal Government’s approval and licensing.
National Universities Commission, NUC, on Monday, listed the proposed universities in its monthly bulletin, stating that the proposed institutions have successfully submitted letters of intent.
The proposed universities are Fortress University, Ikunsin, Surulere, Oyo state Zion University, New City University, Aiyetoro, Makun Shagamu, Ogun State University of Applied Science and Technology (UNAST), Oju, Benue state, and Euston University, Ebonyi state.
Others are Inaayatullah Education Foundation Inaayatullah University, Iwo Coastline University, Agadagbao-Obon, Arogbo, Ese-Odo, Ondo state Standout University of Nigeria, Otta, Ogun state Medical University of Nigeria, Mandate University, Kuje Abuja ICT University of America Curacao in Nigeria William Booth University, Ogbagi-Akoko, Ondo state
NUC’s Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, recently told promoters of the institutions that their attempt to venture into the establishment of private universities would bridge the existing gaps between the ever-increasing number of qualified candidates who aspire yearly to gain admission into the Nigerian university system but could not achieve their aspiration due to the inadequacy of accessibility and space.
Rasheed noted that upon his assumption as the NUC scribe, he had introduced a good number of reforms that had yielded positive impacts aimed at repositioning the Nigerian university system in order to give it more feasibility in the committee of nations within the African continent and the world at large.
He said the NUC now boast of having over 200 universities across all proprietorships- federal, state and private universities- under its regulatory watch.
The NUC boss reminded the promoters of the proposed private universities that much was expected from them as running a university is capital intensive, while urging them to remain focused and law-abiding by adhering strictly to the rules and regulations of the NUC especially in relation to the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard, BMAS.
Also speaking, the director, Establishment of Private Universities, Mrs Constance Goddy-Nnadi, urged them to strive to make steady progress bearing in mind that they have the strength to undertake big projects that revolve around 14 steps with about 12 more to scale through having reached the second stage after their letters of intent.
Goddy-Nnadi further advised them to ensure that all land documents on the site of the institutions are ready and not subjects of litigations.