Nigeria to create six ‘Mega Universities’

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The universities will be able to admit about 200,000 people each.

The National Economic Council, NEC, on Thursday approved the conversion of one university in each of the six geo-political zones to a ‘Mega University.”

The recommendation for the conversion was part of those contained in the report of the Peter Obi-led Technical Committee on the recommendations of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Universities, CNANU. All the recommendations were approved, Mr. Obi, Governor of Anambra State told journalists after the meeting.

The NEC is made up of the president , the vice president, state governors, ministers and others.

The Committee recommended the upgrading of one university in each of the six geo-political zones to the status of a Mega University to expand their intakes from the present number of students.

Mr. Obi stated that government wants to create universities that are capable of taking up to 200,000 students as against the less than 30,000 admitted by some of the biggest universities in Nigeria.

A decision has not been taken on which universities will be considered for selection.

The committee’s report, which followed an extensive review of the CNANU report presented to the Federal Executive Council on September 19, 2012, therefore made the following recommendations towards changing the fortunes of the universities:

“The Committee agreed with CNANU that funding was a big issue in tertiary education and recommended that both the Federal and State Governments should prioritise funding by raising budgetary allocation to schools and guaranteeing that funds for education are disbursed as appropriated to ensure that the necessary facilities are provided.

“It recommended the strengthening of the composition and character, especially of external members, of the Governing Councils of the Universities by populating the board with members who have a direct stake in academics to ensure better management of the universities.

The committee had noted that the Nigerian University system is grossly understaffed and recommended the introduction of attractive incentives towards promoting post-graduate education and upgrading the academic qualifications of all lecturers to PhD level within a given period.

“The Committee also recommended the designation of a focal Federal University per geo-political zone to be upgraded towards expanding its absorptive capacity to between 150,000 – 200,000 students in the medium term,” Mr. Obi said.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa


    • Sadiq Garba

      What is the dictionary meaning of transformation?
      A president that can not fund the existing universities and now thinking of creating new ones.
      Tranformation indeed.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        You are wrong. Federal universities have received more funding under Jonathan than at any other time. Figures don’t lie. Join the transformation wagon!

        • Onitshaland

          Then what have they done with the money?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            ask the Vice chancellor nearest to you. If you are unsatisfied, petition ICPC or EFCC. Stop blaming Jonathan for your failure as a citizen.

        • Sadiq Garba

          I still ask you if the existing universities are well funded, that NUC would have to withdraw accreditations of some programmes from University of Abuja.
          That universities are adequately funded that Non of the Nigerian Universities is counted among the best 10 Universities in Africa or among the Best 5 in west Africa.
          The charade they do in media does not make adequate FUNDING of the universities.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            the best in Africa? Are you really serious? We lost more than twenty years between 1985-1999 under Hausa-Fulani military mediocrity. These things have consequences, you know. dilapidated infrastructures, where it exists at all, brain drain as a result of poor conditions of services, etc. We are rebuilding what the locusts destroyed. GET REAL!

          • Sadiq Garba

            Re-building or wasting funds on new projects?

            You are contradicting yourself.
            Jona is creating new universities with no facilities to produce graduates. And you are saying that “you” ( I don’t know what that means) are re-building what the locusts destroyed.
            I’m sure Jona attended those universities destroyed by the locusts, hence his ability to do these wonders in governance.