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Buhari Approves 72 Universities in Eight Years

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has approved not less than 72 Universities between 2015 and 2023 .

The administration in it’s latest approval on Monday, announced the establishment of 37 new private universities.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the 72 Universities approved by Buhari government include, 14 Federal Universities, 21 State Universities and 37 Private Universities from 2015 to date .

Prior to the latest approval , there are 170 universities in Nigeria.

Statistics has shown that as of 2023, 79 were private, 43 for federal universities amounted, while state universities were 48.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this approval if the new 37 varsities to journalists after an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

Adamu who declined to mention the names of the newly-approved higher institutions of learning only revealed that one of the 37 was an online university operated by a female Chancellor from Bauchi State.

When questioned about the FG’s move to establish more universities despite the ailing public university structure nationwide, Adamu argued that the country needs more universities to school its swelling youth population.

He said “We need more universities. The existence of the many universities should not deter the creation of new ones. Besides, these are private universities.”

The council also approved the universal implementation of the Employee Compensation Act 2010 which makes comprehensive provisions for payment of compensation to employees who suffer from occupational diseases or sustain injuries from accidents suffered in the line of duty.

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