According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Northern Western region of the country, despite having the highest population, has only two out of the seventy-five private universities in the country.
According to Daily Post News, the commission made this known yesterday at a brief ceremony in FCT Abuja.
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the commission made the statement before presenting application forms to Alhaji Musa Maija, the promoter of Khadija University which is the first private university in Jigawa state.
The Executive Secretary said in spite of the fact that private universities compliment the efforts of the public, North West and North East regions have just two private universities each out of a total of 75.
He said South West has 33 private universities, South East has 13 private universities and North Central has 11.
Rasheed noted that the commission recently completed the procedures for the approval of four additional private universities and their papers were forwarded to the Federal Executive Council for approval.
He called on the promoter of the new institution the strategic plan of the university to life. He said private universities should have higher quality than public ones and we don’t expect a private university to recruit all kinds of teachers.
The Jigawa State Governor, Mohammad Badaru Abubakar who was represented by the Commissioner of Education at the brief ceremony, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq said government would support any effort in providing high quality education.