The Federal Executive Council has granted provisional approval for the establishment of four more private universities in Nigeria. This has increased the number of private universities in Nigeria to 79.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu announced this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the first meeting of the council this year.
The new universities are Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State and Westland University in Iwo, Osun State.
Mr Adamu said the approvals were given because the four universities met the criteria for establishing universities following visitations by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The NUC had in August 2018 said it was processing over 200 applications for new private universities in the country.
EduCeleb.com recalls that prior to this latest approval, the total number of universities in the country, was about 160 (40 federal universities, 45 state-owned universities and 75 private universities).
The last time such an approval was given to a private university was to Skyline University, Kano in March, 2018.