In the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, six new private universities, were approved. This brings the total number of private universities in the country to 84. There are 40 federal universities while state universities are 44.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at the post-FEC briefing, told newsmen the names of the new universities are: Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia; and Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Others are Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo State and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Lagos.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has been given marching orders to delist any university that does not meet the standard.
“The Education Ministry presented a memo, for the approval of six new private universities and they were approved. There are some more applications and I believe we will still bring more for council’s approval. The NUC is going to take the issue of accreditation very seriously and if any university fails to meet the standard, we are going to de-register their courses and if enough courses are de-registered, it will lead to closure of the university.”