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The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, has disclosed that the commission will give approval for the establishment of 150 additional private universities in the next three years.
According to him, those calling that establishment of universities should stop are ignorant as the current 152 universities are not enough for a population of over 150 million people.
He explained that Argentina’s population of about 44 million has 1705 universities while several other developing counties with lesser population than Nigeria has over 300 universities.
“Presently, 243 applications are being processed for private universities, so in the next two to three years, we will have about 150 private universities,” he said.