The Federal Government on Wednesday granted provisional licences to 20 new private universities to operate in Nigeria.
The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
The minister said the approved universities would get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission.
He said they would operate with the provisional licences “for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation will go on.”
A breakdown of the new private universities on geopolitical zone basis shows that nine of them are located in North Central; three in South-South; two in South-East; five in North-West and one in South-West.
The new universities are Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State; Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State; Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State; Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State; and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State.
Others are Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State; NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State; and Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.
They also include James Hope University owned by the Chairman of Zenith Bank, Mr Jim Ovia, Lagos; Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State; Capital City University, Kano State; Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State; and University of Offa, Kwara State.
Others are Mewar University, Nasarawa State; Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State; Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja; Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State; and Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State.
The approval brought the number of private universities in Nigeria to 99.