The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of additional 20 private universities across Nigeria.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
Adamu said the approved universities will get their provisional licenses from the National Universities Commission (NUC), to be used for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation goes on.
The approved universities are:
- Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom,
- Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara,
- Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo,
- Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State
- Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State
- Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo,
- Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River,
- Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo ,
- NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State
- Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau
- 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
- University of Offa, Offa, Kwara, also got provisional approval
- Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State
- Edusoko University, Bida, Niger
- Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja
- Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa
- Anan University, Kwall, Plateau
Nine of the new private universities are located in North Central, three in South South, two in South East, five in the North West and one in South West.
With this new approval of additional 20 universities, Nigeria now has 99 private universities.