On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a memo from the Ministry of Education which contains the establishment of 20 new private universities across the country.

The 20 new private universities will be given provisional licenses to run for three years, during which time the ministry will monitor and evaluate their progress.

This will bring the total number of private universities in the country to 99.

The approved universities are:

  • 1. Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom,
  • 2. Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara,
  • 3. Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo,
  • 4. Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State
  • 5. Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State
  • 6. Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo,
  • 7. Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River,
  • 8. Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo ,
  • 9. NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State
  • 10. Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau
  • 11. James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State
  • 12. Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State
  • 13. Capital City University, Kano, Kano State
  • 14. Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, Kwara
  • 15. University of Offa, Offa, Kwara, also got provisional approval
  • 16. Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State
  • 17. Edusoko University, Bida, Niger
  • 18. Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja
  • 19. Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa
  • 20. Anan University, Kwall, Plateau

Nine of the private universities are located in the north-central, three in the south-south, two in the south-east, five in the north-west and one in the southwest.

Nigeria’s public universities recently called off a 9-month long strike action.

University education in Africa’s most populous nation is often punctuated with strike actions over dreadful working conditions and default in salary payments.

Source: Pulse Nigeria

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