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Eight Private Universities Get Provisional License

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BEVERLY HILLS, November 22, (THEWILL) – The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted provisional licenses to the eight newly approved private universities to run degree programmes.

This brings the total number of universities in the country to 152.

Executive Secretary (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed who presented the certificates to representatives of the eight universities at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja warned proprietors of the universities against subjecting their academic staff to degrading treatment and all forms of practices inimical to democratic freedom.

Rasheed revealed that the commission issued the provisional licences to the universities after a rigorous assessment exercise as the commission was fully satisfied with the facilities on ground by the universities.

He however declared that the provisional licenses may be withdrawn in the event of poor performance or breach of standards.

“What is being issued today is a provisional license with a lifespan of three years. In line with global best practice, the new universities would be mentored by older ones for the next couple of years,” he said.

“The NUC will assist these eight universities to commence new programmes to make them different in some areas from the older ones.

“Dictatorship in the running of a university would not be tolerated and this you must avoid at all cost.”

The newly licensed private universities are Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos State (owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry); Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State (owned by Clitter House Nigeria Limited); Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State (owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church); Coal City University, Enugu, Enugu State (owned by ATCOICOE Nigeria Limited).

Others are Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara State (owned by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited); Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo State (owned by the Order of Preachers, Nigeria, Dominican Community; Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, Oyo State (owned the Kola Daisi Foundation); and Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State (owned by the Good Idea Education Foundation).

Story by Oputah David