Eight new private universities have been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Council endorsed three-year provisional licences for private universities on the recommendations of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
This brings to 151 the total number of universities in Nigeria, with 61 of them owned by individuals, religious organisations and foundations.
The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, listed the new universities and their promoters as Anchor University, located in Ayobo, Lagos state, promoted by Deeper Christian Life Ministry; Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, promoted by Clitter House Nigeria Limited; Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State, promoted by Seventh Day Adventist Church and Coal City University, Enugu, promoted by African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu.
Others are Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara State, promoted by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited; Dominican University, Ibadan, promoted by Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community; Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, promoted by Kola Daisi Foundation, and Legacy University, Okija, promoted by The Good Idea Education Foundation.
Anwuka explained that the eight universities will be mentored by existing universities close to their locations, which are University of Lagos, University of Calabar, University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, University of Nigeria (UNN), University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, respectively.
The mentor universities are to oversee and guide the new universities in terms of academic culture and administration for three years, within which period they must have learnt the art of university governance and academic details.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed further explained that the mentoring universities would among other issues, ensure correct recruitment in the Governing Council, academic and administrative principal officers, development of human and material resources, modulate students’ examination, and guarantee quality assurances.