The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announcement the imminent arrival of nine more private universities into the the Nigerian educational system, even as the scramble for the few available admission spots continues yearly.
NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius A. Okojie, made the disclosure in Abuja at the last Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN) Monthly Press Luncheon.
He said all preparations have been made to forward the names of the new Private Universities to the recommend to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval and licensing.
Okojie said the challenges faced by many applicants when it comes to securing admission, Okojie said the emergence of new institutions would be
"[The] establishment of new universities would further expand the system, thereby creating more access for the teeming candidates who aspired to enrol for university education," Okojie was quoted as saying in the September 29th issue of NUC Bulletin of the 29th of September, 2014.
The Executive Secretary also said the Commission's Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) had "concluded all due diligence on the proposed universities."
He hailed the level of participation of private universities, saying it portends a bright future for quality and stable education system in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, recently announced plans to add two new universities to the two he already owns.