FG okays eight new private varsities

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday granted licences for the establishment of eight new private universities in the country.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka; and the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, briefed State House correspondents on the meeting’s outcome.

Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos (promoted by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry); Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State (promoted by The Clitter House Nigeria Limited); Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State (promoted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church; and Coal City University, Enugu (promoted by African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu and some of the new insittutions.

Others are Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara (promoted by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited); Dominican University, Ibadan (promoted by the Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community); Kola Daisi University, Ibadan (promoted by Kola Daisi Foundation) and Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State (promoted by the Good Idea Education Foundation).

The approval brought the total number of universities in Nigeria to 151 while the number of private universities increased to 69.

According to Anwuka, some existing universities were also named as mentors for the new private universities in accordance with the Education Act Cap E3 Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.

Mohammed gave the responsibilities of the universities that would mentor the new ones to include ensuring that “the correct appointment of the governing council is made; that they recruit appropriate principal officers – both academic and administrative; and that there would be availability of human and material resources for the commencement of any academic performance.”

He said, “They (the mentors) also have the responsibility to ensure the implementation of carrying capacity. They must also assist in staff development.

“They must also moderate students’ examination; must guarantee quality assurances of the university.

“They also have the responsibility to moderate admission and also moderate external examinations.

“Even the older universities were also mentored by universities abroad. But we believe that by today, we have reached the situation whereby our own universities are capable of mentoring the universities.”

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