The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the establishment of 12 new private universities.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, confirmed the development while addressing journalists after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.
Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the ministry of education, said the council approved the granting of licences to the proposed institutions, which will be under the guidance of already existing universities.
The proposed private universities are:
- PEN Resource University, Gombe (under the supervision of Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology, Yola)
- Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno (under the supervision of University of Maiduguri)
- Margaret Lawrence University, Calilee, Delta state (under the supervision of Nnamdi Azikiwe University)
- Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano (under Bayero University Kano)
- Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta state (under the supervision of University of Benin)
- Baba Ahmed University, Kano (to be supervised by Bayero University Kano)
- Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto (under the supervision of Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto)
- Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia state (under the supervision of University of Port Harcourt)
- Peter University, Achina-Onneh, Anambra state (under the supervision of Nnamdi Azikiwe University)
- Newgate University, Minna, Niger state (under the supervision of Federal University Minna)
- European University of Nigerian, Duboyi, FCT (under the supervision of University of Abuja)
- North West University, Sokoto (under the supervision of Usmanu Danfodio University)