Should the federal government consider the numerous applications it received, the number of universities in Nigeria would more than double the current total of 153, an official said on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, made this known in Abuja during a meeting with the federal universities’ bursars.
According to him, the Commission is currently processing over 200 applications for new private universities in the country.
Rasheed further stated that “the university system is growing”, adding that private universities including federal and state universities can no longer cope with the large numbers of yearly applications for admission.
“Nigeria has 153 universities, 40 are federal universities, 45 are state owned universities and 68 are private universities presently in the country.”
This is coming less than a month after the NUC granted the approval for the upgrade of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta, to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUST).
In June, following a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Rural Electrification Agency, the NUC was aware that eight Federal Universities will enjoy uninterrupted power supply from off grid captive power plants.
The Universities involved include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Bayero University in Kano, Usman Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University in Awka, University of Lagos in Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun and the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. The Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile Ife was also included in the MoU.