Prof. Munzali Jubril, ex Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), yesterday stated that the late General Sani Abacha believed that the Nigerian private sector was not responsible enough to be entrusted with the delicate task of owning and running universities.
He said Abacha gave a verbal directive in 1996 that action be suspended on the processing of applications for private universities.
Jubril revealed this while delivering a lecture at the Igbinedion University, Okada to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the institution.
According to Prof. Jubril, Chief Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, went on to work on General Abdulasakami Abubakar to plead that the applications for the establishment of private universities be brought out to reality.
The professor said that many private universities in the country neglected staff development and welfare as they only provide staffing for accreditation, adding that the private universities should reduce their school fees because the successful institutions of the future would not be for profit.
Prof. Jubril praised Chief Igbinedion for not relenting in the pursuance of licenses for private universities for nine years.
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