Nigeria approves 9 new private universities

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald

The Federal Executive Council at its usual Wednesday meetings approved the issuance of operating licenses to nine new private universities in Nigeria.

The meeting was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

Once the operating licenses are issued, there will be 60 private universities in Nigeria.

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, addressing journalists after the council meeting listed the new private universities as Augustine University, Ilara, Lagos State; Chrisland University, Owode, Ogun State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State; Hallmark University, Ijebu Itele, Ogun State; Kings University, Ode Omu, Osun State; Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Orode, Delta State; Mountain Top University, Ogun State, Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State and Summit University, Offa, Kwara State.

Speaking on the exorbitant tuition fees of private universities, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, said it is not the responsibility of the federal government to regulate fees charged since private universities are run like other private organisations.

He said the Federal Government would only ensure that the standard of education in private schools are of minimum standards.

“As far as government is concerned, all Federal Government universities are tuition-free. Whatever the universities are charging are so minimal for some day-to-day activities: games fees, union fees and some other fees.

“Of recent, I had cause to ask the NUC to regulate a kind of minimum (fee) because there is a university that charged as low as N20,000, N15,000. Some charge N30,000 to N80,000 or so which is a composition of a number of different kinds of fees. But basically, no university owned by government is charging tuition fee.

“But the private universities are like any other private institutions. All that is the responsibility of government is to ensure that the standards are maintained.

“We are to ensure that they are operating within the minimum required standard, and that is the responsibility of the NUC in terms of their facilities, staffing and so on,” said Mr. Shekarau.


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  • Jumoke

    Very soon this confused FEC will announce approval of shop units at Wuse market as achievement. Some of these universities may look like community secondary schools. Election universities!

    • tundemash

      U dey mind the jobless rogues. These mushroom universities will soon collapse just like the fake banks that were springing up on every street a few years back.

    • Paul Samuel

      They are actually licences without structures. The structures these schools use are buildings of secondary schools.

  • tundemash

    And this is what Dumbo is announcing gleefully he did in 6 years. Creation of Universities ! Every proprietor of those mushroom universities are qualified to be President then.

    • larry

      BOKOHARAM AND TUNDE MESS ARE ONE ! DEY DONT LIKE EDUCATION ,ONLY MADRASSAS

      • tundemash

        Does contaminated creek water cause hallucination ?

        • larry

          No only ogogoro ,animal!

  • Segun Surulere

    Interesting …. None in Northern Nigeria

    • Colonel Mariama(rtd)

      None in the SE either. These are “private” universities aka advanced secondary schools.
      We don’t want it any way. Keep your glorified “private” universities and leave us out of it. We want the real deal.

      • Segun Surulere

        And you think this is something to celebrate ?

        • larry

          Dont blame them ,education is a sin to them!

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    At this time of our economic development our emphasis should be on technical education instead of basic university degrees. True Nigeria now has the biggest economy in Africa after that unsubstantiated economic rebasing but not the most industrialized country on the continent. It is because we churn out none technical graduates from these institutions that worsens our graduate employment. Our country will at this time be better off if we emphasize technical no how in our higher education.

  • Mosaku 147

    All nine universities in the south. Two in the Niger Delta and Seven in the Yoruba speaking areas that includes Tinubu’s Lagos,Saraki’s Kwara Aregbesola’s Osun and OBJ’s Ogun,all for votes. They even went ahead to “quickly” approve mountain top university to entice my spiritual leader Dr DK Olukoya who has tactically not been involved in “active” politicking.

  • August January

    This is shameful! What we need is to develop the existing universities to world-class standard, not adding more, thereby turning all of them to glorified secondary schools. The University of Glasgow in Scotland (UK), where, by the grace of God, I did my MSc, lends up to 40 books to a student at a time. Imagine that. This is a university with student population of about 35,000 (undergraduate and postgraduate). That’s what a university should be. How many universities in Nigeria can afford to lend 5 books to a single student at a time? Jonathan is a joker! Looking for all means to get votes on 28 March

  • korona melvin

    AN ADMINISTRATION THAT KNOWS THE VALUE OF EDUCATION IS A VERY WISE AND WORKING ADMINISTRATION. SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF GOODLUCK TRANSFORMATION AGENDA , VOTE GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN ..#GEJ4NAIJA

  • chi boss

    This is an administration that truly knows the true and important meaning of education, there is a saying that goes, you educate a child, you educate the nation, that is what this administration is doing.. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • frankabby

    education is the key to forwardness in any nation, building a beta Nigerian is the sole am of our able president bravo sir #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Standards? (scratches head…) What standards?

  • Chuckwuebuka Alavavite

    Education is the cornerstone of a country’s future. It will empower the people so they can vote wisely, tackle corruption, fight back against extreme ideologies, develop entrepreneurship… Ignorance lead the APC to cheer for a old autocrat, serial loser in the last 3 elections, and thus chocked any alternative for Nigeria in the close future. Hopefully these Unis will make a change.

  • Victor Okonkwo

    Maybe we need to build these universities in the north, so they understand who is using them.

  • bigmastre

    who is mad to building an university in Northern?

  • Akinyemi lawrence

    Good if Nigeria can have more private University but the school fees must be moderate