Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, ex Minister of Sports, has called for more universities to be established in Nigeria while adequate funding should be made for the existing ones.
The Ex Minister who is also a former Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, made the call in Ibadan, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to him, placing embargo on the establishment of more universities would deny a lot of Nigerian youths the opportunities to acquire higher education for the country’s development.
“Placing embargo on the establishment of more universities in Nigeria is to further deny the teeming Nigerian youth population the opportunity to acquire higher education that is necessary for the socio economic development of this country.
“The increasing growth in Nigeria’s population supports the position for the establishment of more institutions of higher learning in the country,” Prof. Adedoja stated.
He called on the National Universities Commission (NUC) to continue to play its regulatory role of ensuring quality education in the existing universities adding that Nigeria must not shut the doors for the children of the poor to acquire education.
He also urged that the existing public tertiaty institutions be better funded and expanded, while the private sector should be encouraged to partner in the establishment of more quality institutions of higer learning.