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With 170 Universities presently ...Nigeria's currently processing an additional 303

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) is processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of Private Universities in Nigeria. The NUC chief, Abubakar Rasheed made the revelation during a 2-day summit on Nigerian Private Universities. The summit was held under the theme: “Private University Education Delivery In Nigeria; Challenges and Opportunities.”

Presenting a paper during the summit on “Regulating Private Universities Education Delivery in Nigeria: The Role of National Universities Commission,” the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission is processing about 303 applications for the establishment of new private universities in Nigeria. 

We are currently processing 303 applications for the establishment of private universities in the Commission. They were received from groups of individuals, corporate organisations/foundations and faith-based organisations from all over the country. 63 applicants representing 20.79% of the total applicants, are on step 6 having only submitted their completed application forms and strategic documents and are waiting for first verification visit, while 30 applicants, representing 9.9% are on step 8 and have had first verification visit conducted to their proposed university campuses.

He said 2 of the applicants, representing 0.66% have attained step 10 and the second verification visit has been conducted for them.

Also speaking at the summit, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, accused Nigerian private universities of aiding academic corruption in the country. He said private university operators are going against many laws guiding university operations in Nigeria.

Government opened up space a few years ago for private operators to complement government effort in providing university education to Nigerians, but it seems like the aim is gradually being defeated. Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so. We complained that public institutions have lots of problems thinking the private institutions will help, but they have complicated the issue.

He said private universities have brought another corrupt tendency to what the country has in public institutions.

”Only the Vice Chancellor is recognized by law as being in charge of the day-to-day running of the university, while every other person with ceremonial titles plays supportive roles. If I were to be a university proprietor, I would prefer to take the position of Chairman of the Council because of the control power attached to that office,” he said.
Nigeria currently has about 170 universities (43 federal universities, 48 state-owned universities, and 79 private universities).

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