By our reporter, 3rd February 2021
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday has approved the establishment of 20 private universities across the country as the late dictator, the Sani Abacha family’s name featured prominence among ownership of the universities, with five of the selected universities came from the North West geopolitical zone of the country.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House in Abuja.
The approved universities are: Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State, and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State, Capital City University, Kano, Kano State, Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State; Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State; Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State; Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State; Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State.
Also approved are Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State; and Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.
Others are James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State; Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, Kwara State; and University of Offa, Offa, Kwara State.
Others are Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State, Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State, Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja, and Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State.
According to Adamu, the approved universities would get their provisional licenses from the National Universities Commission (NUC), which they will use for the next three years while monitoring and evaluation will go on.
Nine of the private universities are located in North Central, three in South South, two in South East, five of them in North West and one in South West.
Recalls that the Federal government has continues to receive the alleged looted Nigerian funds stacked in different foreign accounts by the late Sani Abacha since 1999. However, the loots figures keep riding and seem unending under successive administrations, including Muhammad Buhari s government and his anti corrupt crusade mantra.