THE Federal Government of Nigeria yesterday gave its approval to the take-off of 8 new private universities in Nigeria. This was as a result of a memo approved by the National Universities Commission, and presented to the Federal Executive Counci, by the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja, yesterday. With this directed change, the number of universities in Nigeria has increased from 143 to 151, while the number of private universities has increased from 61 to 69. The 8 new private universities and their owners include Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos, owned by Deeper Christian Life Ministry; Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River, owned by the Clitter House Nigeria Ltd; Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia, owned by Seventh Day Adventist Church; Coal City University, Enugu, engineered by African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu; Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara, engineered by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited; Dominican University, Ibadan, owned by the brainchild of Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community;
Kola Daisi University Ibadan came from Kola Daisi Foundation and Legacy University, Okija, a suggestion of The Good Idea Education Foundation. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, said the reason for the approval was to give the youths the opportunity to acquire university education . Anwuka, who was joined by his counterparts in Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “The Ministry of Education submitted a memo to Council this morning asking for approval for 8 private universities as recommended by NUC after very comprehensive and exhaustive compliance to the conditions that guarantee such approval. Anwuka said the new universities would be supervised by the already known universities within their zone for a period of 3 years to help them put necessary infrastructure in place, adding that the supervision was in sync with the law. He said: “While approving these universities for licensing provisionally for 3 years, the Universities should be coached by some already known Universities in Nigeria. And those will include: Anchor University will be coached by University of Lagos, Akoka; Arthur Jarvis University will be coached by University of Calabar; Cliffored will be coached by University of Agriculture, Umudike; Coal City University will be coached by University of Nigeria, Nsukka. “Crown-Hill University will be coached by University of Ilorin. Dominican University will be coached by University of Ibadan. Kola Daisi University will coached by University of Ibadan and Legacy University will be coached by Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.