Nigeria has given operational licences to 20 new private universities in the country.
The approval was given on Wednesday by the country’s Federal Executive Council (FEC), the highest decision-making body, when Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, presented a proposal memo before the meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adamu said the 20 new private universities would be given provisional licenses to run for three years while the ministry monitors and evaluates their growth.
Nine of the universities are located in the country’s Northcentral, three in Southsouth, two in Southeast, five in Northwest and one in Southwest.
The minister said that the approval was given because the universities met the criteria for establishing universities following visitations by the country’s university education’s regulatory agency, the National Universities Commission (NUC).
This brings the total number of private universities in the country to 99.