The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday granted provisional licenses to four newly approved private universities in Nigeria.
The license was presented by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
The beneficiaries are Greenfield University, Kaduna, Kaduna State; Dominion University, Ibadan, Oyo State; Trinity University, Laloko, Ogun State and Westland University, Iwo, Osun State.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Adamu, represented by the Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, said the establishment of new universities would promote healthy competition in Nigeria’s educational system that would lead to quality service delivery.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the provisional approval for the four universities to operate is intended to create room for effective mentoring and qualitative growth within the first three years of operation,” Mr Adamu said.
He also stated that the four universities would be placed under a probational test by attaching them to established universities.
“During the probationary period, the four universities will be attached to older generation federal universities for academic and administrative mentoring to be moderated by NUC.
“It is also advised that upon commencement of academic activities, the proprietor should sustain funding towards improving the infrastructure, equipment for teaching, learning and research as well as human resources,” he added.
The executive secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, gave insight into how the four universities had gone through stringent monitoring tests leading to the final approval by the Federal Executive Council.
He said; “However, the commission is not ready to sacrifice access on the altar of quality and that is why we will keep on beaming our searchlight on the governance of your private universities to ensure adherence to best practices in support of quality university education delivery.”
He also said the commission has over 200 applications to process for new private universities in the country.
“Sometimes, it is neither the fault of the NUC nor the fault of the applicants. It is simply that, some people started early. Before they give you license you are required to present the physical infrastructure. But if you are applying without any infrastructure it will take a longer time before you get the license.
“In the last one or two years, we have been trying to make the steps easier without compromising more stringent steps required,” he said.
The Federal Executive Council gave approval for the new private universities in January.