On Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu gave his approval for the phased commencement of six out of the 14 public universities that were established during the final years of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, shared this information with State House Correspondents. He explained that the selection of these universities, comprising two colleges each for agriculture, education, and medicine, aligns with the skills-empowerment objectives of the Tinubu-led government.
During the seven-year tenure of the Buhari administration, no fewer than 75 universities were sanctioned for establishment, including federal, state, and private institutions. However, Mamman pointed out that the Federal Government lacks the necessary funds and qualified personnel to simultaneously initiate all these institutions, as they require substantial financial resources.
He further emphasized that the Tinubu administration intends to exercise caution when granting approvals for the creation of new universities, recognizing the challenges related to funding and staffing. As a result, the President has directed that the launch of these institutions be staggered to ensure the government’s proper support for their development.
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