Twelve newly established private universities have been given provisional licenses by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu presented the licenses to proprietors of the universities at the NUC auditorium in Abuja on Thursday, and with this, Nigeria now has 111 private universities and the total number of universities in the country is 215.
The universities are, Pen Resource University, Gombe; Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno State; Margaret Lawrence University Galilee, Delta State, and Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano, Kano State.
Others are Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta state; Bab Ahmed University, Kano, Kano State; Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto, Sokoto State, and the Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State.
Also presented with the provisional licenses are Peter University, Achina/Onneh, Anambra State; Newgate University, Minna, Niger State, European University of Nigeria, Duboyi, Abuja, FCT, and Northwest University, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
The minister explained that the universities would be affiliated with older generation universities for academic and administrative mentoring which would be moderated by the NUC.