Nigeria needs more private universities – NUC

The Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, has said that the number of universities in Nigeria was too small given its population.

He charged individuals and organisations to invest in education by establishing private universities.

Delivering the convocation lecture of the Fountain University, Osogbo, Mr. Rasheed explained that Nigeria has just over a hundred universities for a population of over 180 million people.

Fountain University graduandsDuring the convocation, a total of 198 graduands got first degrees while honourary degrees were conferred on two eminent Nigerians, Sakariyau Babalola and Yusuf Ali.

Mr. Babalola who is the Deputy President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, was conferred with Doctor of Science while Mr. Ali who is the Pro Chancellor of Osun State University was conferred with Doctor of Letters for their respective contributions to educational development in the country.

In his lecture, the NUC Executive Secretary insisted that Nigeria needs more universities if it would be able to compete favourably with other countries across the globe. He said the number of universities in the country currently cannot meet the demand for university
education by the citizenry.

He said the future of higher education in the country lies with how the private universities are managed, saying that the private universities should be able to fill the gap created by insufficient universities.

He disclosed that the NUC would soon convoke a summit for private universities in the country to review their activities, fine-tune their operations and assist them to be able to attain their goals.

He said NUC was trying to be flexible with the private universities so as to enable them survive and sustain their operation. He said this became necessary considering the challenges facing the private universities in the country.

He expressed worry that no private university is able to fill its quota in admission as most of them could only fill 40 per cent of their quotas.

“There is need to ask questions about why the private universities are unable to fill their quotas despite that there is admission demand. This is a very serious issue and NUC and JAMB are worried about this.”

“Therefore, we shall convoke a summit for private universities early this year to consider how best the private universities could operate and function maximally to be able to help the country”.

In his address, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, AbdulLateef Usman said the students completed their studies, satisfied all requirements for the awards in various disciplines and are found worthy in learning and character.

The VC reiterated the commitment of Fountain University to academic excellence and assured that the university would not relent in pursuing core objectives in the area of quality lectures, tutorials, conduct of practical sessions and research as well as entrepreneurial studies.

Dignitaries at the occasion include Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; the Executive Secretary of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Isaq Oloyede; the Timi of Ede, Munirudeen Adesola; and the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Musa Animasaun among others.


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  • Sir Louis

    It seems there is a lot of monetary gain for the top management of the National Universities Commission (NUC) for them to always canvass for more private Universities when most of the existing tertiary institutions in the country lack adequate facilities, academic staff and qualified management teams. With the level of academic training currently very low on account of the latter, it is curious that the new Executive Secretary of the NUC knows nothing better to do with his mandate than canvass for more tertiary institutions to be set up. One is surprised that the new NUC boss and those before him are not concerned about the large number of graduates who are suffering unemployment because of the collapse of the nations economy. One expects that going by the reality of the nations economy today, a serious minded NUC boss would canvass for more private factories and manufacturing outfit to be built by existing proprietors of private Universities than more private Universities to further ballon the stagnant employment market thereby putting deadly pressure on the government of the day.

    • MammanJiyaVatsa

      Corps of Nigeria`s present University Professors do not even have regional not to talk of global research publications to their names.

      Among such is ex-president Jonathan, a Ph.d in graduate who can hardly run a corporation, state or a country.

      Yet, he’s a Nigerian University graduate.

      Of notable embarrassment is when a Nigerian graduate come`s abroad to apply for a job, right from the spoken english during interviews, you begin to wonder what kind of Universities exists in Nigeria.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Proliferation is not the solution if you want education to go round in the country. Have you thought of expanding the existing ones to take in more students? Why should each existing university not have campuses and expanded campuses in different parts of the country? Why must an existing university feel shy or afraid of reaching out to different parts of the country in its effort to expand its reach and influence and equally increase the number of students?

    I don’t know why Nigeria is filled with visionless and senseless leadership.

    • MammanJiyaVatsa

      Technical colleges is what Nigeria needs right now, not Universities !

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    Unemployable University graduates, that`s the core-kinda university graduates Nigeria of 1989 till date are formatting/graduating issued with worthless cardboard paper certificates

    Lame it may sound, Nigeria does not need more Universities, Nigeria needs more vocational colleges, otherwise known as technical schools those days.

    Why – No company`s ready to hire university graduates, it`s all stagnant, no thanks to our retarded egoistic kleptomaniacs civil servants and politicians, What Nigeria needs are vocational schools where people can learn a trade, sounds lame, but the fact is not everybody`s cut-out to go into academics.

    Vocational colleges, or Technical colleges can bring out the best in talented mechanical engineer, to chefs in the kitchens, civil engineering, (constructions), to simple computer-hardware/mainframe expert.

    The priorities in Nigeria is all wrong…. the British laid a great foundation for Nigeria where-hence until the late 80`s there were technical schools in Nigeria graduating accountants to electricians who are able to create jobs for themselves without having to apply for jobs in corporations, these technical school graduates in-turn employed apprentices to work and learn the trade those days.

    Our policy makers in Nigeria are simply not suppose to be in the corridors of power, formulating dead on arrival policies, Nigeria with it`s economic backwardness needs no more universities, it` needs more Technical colleges for the vast unemployable Nigerian youths dying and trying to catch a boat to cross the Atlantic for at least a live of deam in making something out of their existence.

    Nigeria is a done country… it`s all a matter to time.

  • shola

    With due respect, is it the quality or the quantity that matters? This idea makes me sick and helpless. As you claim, Nigeria has 100 Universities. How many of them have even brought it to a level of making a toothpick or a solar energy equipment despite our 18 hours sunshine all over the nation? How many of Nigeria engineers can differentiate between a left-driven or right-driven screw?
    Why not invest in laboratory equipments and technical know-how rather than statistics of ratio to the population? Why not intensify the numbers of trained certified professionals from all works of live instead of pen-pushers. Professional artisans are always the back bone of any
    industrial nation. They contribute immensely to the GNP. Nigeria can not afford to be producing unemployed academics just for statistic sake.

    • Tunsj

      Well said, Shola.