That the Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently announced the approval for the establishment of more university is no more news, of interest however, is the necessity of this consideration, bearing in mind the already large number of the existing ones in the country, which stakeholders decry as ill−equipped and below standards.
Amongst the newly approved universities by the Nigerian Government are:
- Augustine Universities, Ilara, Lagos State.
- Chrisland University, Owode, Ogun State.
- Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State
- Kings University, Ode Omu, Osun States.
- Michael and Cecilia Ibru university, Orode, Delta.
- Mountain Top University, Ogun State.
- Ritman University, IkotEkpene, AkwaIbam State.
- Summit University, Offa, Kwara State.
According to some stakeholders, already existing Universities are of high number,which are all begging for government or private supports and intervention lest test the Ivory Towers Collapse totally.
On records, there are a total of 129 universities (Approved) in Nigeria, outof which private concerns have 50, followed by the Federal owned which has 40 and lastly the states, which have 39.
By the new approval therefore, the total number now increases to 138 in all. Meanwhile in an effort to feel the pulse of the people, Daily Times gathered that, the efforts were laudable, owing to Nigeria’s growing population and that non theses, the government should have standardized the existing ones to world’s standards/
More so, that, no Nigeria University is currently ranked between 1st−300th according the 2015 towards University rankings. During a chat with Dr.Idowu Ayodeji of the Political Science department, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, the don bemoans the efforts and discarded it as a mere political gimmick and game for the courtship of some friends by the people in the corridor of power.
His words, “the efforts are purely political motivated, though the approved universities are private, the government, both Federal and State should have considered making the existing universities standardized”.
“Even, there are great challenges being faced by the universities at both Federal and State levels which in my opinion should have being the governments concerns”. He concluded.