Adamu: Education Minister reveals FG’s approval for establishment of 20 private universities

Adamu: Education Minister reveals FG’s approval for establishment of 20 private universities

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of additional 20 private universities across the country, Adamu stated.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting; presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, February 3.

According to Adamu, the approved universities will get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission (NUC); which they will use for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation will go 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; and also Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State.

Others are: Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo; NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State; and also 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; and University of Offa, Offa, Kwara, also got provisional approval.

Others are: Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State, Edusoko University, Bida, Niger, Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja, Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa and also Anan University, Kwall, Plateau.

Nine of the 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.

1st News reports that with the approval of additional 20 universities, Nigeria now has 99 private universities.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti Gov, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, February 2, revealed that about 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines would soon be available in the country, to immunize 40 percent of the population this year.

This, he said, was part of measures being put in place to stem the tide of the deadly virus this year; adding that another batch of 60 million doses would be expected to arrive in 2022.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, in Ado Ekiti, said the governor made this known while delivering a paper titled, ‘The role of Nigeria’s State Governments in Recovery: Responses to COVID-19 linked Challenges”, at the Chatham House, Africa Programme, moderated by Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Director and Research Fellow at Chatham House.

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He said that beyond the government’s procurement of vaccines; the NGF had remained a strong proponent of the use of public-private partnerships; to procure the vaccines as a measure of closing the gap between what is available; and what is necessary, to achieve herd immunity.

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