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The Federal Executive Council (FEC)
yesterday approved eight new private universities. The owners were given three
provisional licenses and appointed higher institutions to mentor them.

This brings the number of private
universities to 69 and nations total to 151.

Addressing State House
correspondents, Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, said the
FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved the
universities based on the recommendation of the National Universities Commission
(NUC).

According to him, the approval will
ensure that the teeming population of students seeking admissions are given the
opportunity to do so.

Prof. Anwuka listed the new
universities as Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos (promoted by the Deeper Christian
Life Ministry); to be mentored by University of Lagos,  Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross
River State (promoted by The Clitter House Nigeria Limited); to be mentored by
University of Calabar, Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State (promoted by
the Seventh Day Adventist Church); to be mentored by University of Agriculture,
Umudike, Umuahia, and Coal City University, Enugu (promoted by African Thinkers
Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu); to be mentored by University
of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Others are Crown Hill University,
Eiyenkorin, Kwara (promoted by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited); to be mentored
by University of Ilorin, Dominican University, Ibadan (promoted by the Order of
Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community); Kola Daisi University, Ibadan
(promoted by Kola Daisi Foundation) to be mentored by University of Ibadan and
Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State (promoted by the Good Idea Education
Foundation) to be mentored by Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa.

Explaining the appointment of
mentors, Prof. Anwuka said mentoring is part of the requirement as contained in
the Education Act Cap E3 Law of Federal Republic of Education 2004 implemented
by the NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education.

“So, it is the part of the requirements.
And older university old enough within the university zone where each of the
new universities has been approved is given the mandate to oversee and mentor
the new universities in terms of academic culture, administrative for three
years within which period they must have learnt the art of university
governance and academic details. So, there must be some  nearby big brothers that make sure you don’t
operate outside the scope of what you are expected to do within the university
structure”.

Minister of Information and
Culture, Lai Mohammed, throwing more light on, said, “the law is very specific
on exactly what is required. I think the first is that each of the mentoring
universities would among other issues ensure that the correct appointment of the
governing council is made; that they recruit appropriate principal officers
both academic and administrative; that there would be availability of human and
material resources for the commencement of any academic performance.

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