FG Approves 37 New Private Universities in Nigeria

Nigeria's Federal Government approves 37 new private universities, highlighting its commitment to expanding higher education. This move brings the total number of universities approved under the Buhari-led government to 72, addressing the rising demand for quality education.

Federal Government Approves New Universities

In a major development aimed at bolstering the nation’s educational sector, the Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday, approved the establishment of 37 new private universities across the country. This announcement was made public in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, during a press briefing after an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Expanding Access to Higher Education

This move, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja, brings the total number of universities approved for establishment under the Buhari-led government to an impressive total of 72.

These new establishments consist of 14 Federal Universities, 21 State Universities, and the recently approved 37 Private Universities. The approvals span from 2015 to the present date, marking a significant stride in the expansion of higher education opportunities in Nigeria.

While Minister Adamu did not disclose the names of these newly-approved institutions, he did reveal that one of the 37 is an online university, notably operated by a female Chancellor from Bauchi State.

Addressing the Rising Demand for Higher Education

When questioned about the rationale behind the move to establish more universities despite existing challenges in the public university structure nationwide, Minister Adamu adamantly asserted that the country needs more universities to cater to its swelling youth population.

“We need more universities. The existence of many universities should not deter the creation of new ones. Besides, these are private universities,” he said. This remark highlights the government’s commitment to enhancing access to higher education and underlines the role of private institutions in addressing the demand.

Enhancing Employee Protection

In addition to the educational advancements, the council also approved the universal implementation of the Employee Compensation Act 2010. This legislation makes comprehensive provisions for the payment of compensation to employees who suffer from occupational diseases or sustain injuries from accidents encountered in the line of duty. This move is in alignment with the government’s aim to fortify the rights and protections of Nigerian workers.

In conclusion, these recent approvals highlight the Federal Government’s commitment to improving the quality and access to higher education in Nigeria and protecting the rights of its workforce. As we anticipate the impact of these 37 new private universities on the nation’s educational landscape, we can also acknowledge the strides made in promoting a safe and fair working environment.

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