The Federal Government has approved the establishment of 20 private universities.
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With the development, Nigeria now has a total of 99 private tertiary institutions.
Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, announced the development on Wednesday after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Adamu noted that the new universities will be given provisional licences from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for next year, while monitoring and evaluation will be carried out.
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The approved universities are: Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom; Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara; Maranatha University, Mgbidi, Imo; Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa, and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano.
Others are: Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo; NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna, and Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau.
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James Hope University, Lagos; Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano; Capital City University, Kano; Ahman Pategi University, Kwara; University of Offa, Kwara; Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa; Edusoko University, Bida, Niger; Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja; Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa, and Anan University, Kwall, Plateau, also got provisional approval.