Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that the number of universities in the country is too small, given the nation’s population.
He made the comment, yesterday, at the presentation of provisional licences to 20 newly approved private universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.
With the approval, Nigeria now has 99 private universities, and a total of 197 universities, private and public.
The minister underscored the need to increase the number of universities in the country, taking into consideration the country’s 200 million population.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, noted that private universities have contributed to the opening up of admission space for the swelling population of candidates seeking university education in the country.
To him, the argument in some quarters that private universities have become too many in Nigeria, is not plausible, noting that comparative figures of universities in other countries show that Nigeria needs more universities.
“Government is also well aware that countries that are consistently well-ranked in human development indices have, in recognition of the important role of universities in human capital development, maintained a respectable number of universities relative to their population.
“In relation to Nigeria’s population of over 200 million, the current 193 universities is quite low when compared to those of other economies such as Brazil (209 million), 441 universities; Mexico (126million), 375 universities and Russia (1445 million), 741 universities,” the minister explained.
According to him,
“In 2019, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) announced that out of over 1.8 million candidates registered for the UTME, only 612,000 were admitted in Nigerian universities representing 34 per cent. This shows gross inadequacy in terms of access. The above scenario indicates that Nigeria needs more universities.”
See what IPOB told DSS about ARMS( Details)
The indigenous people of Biafra has said it produces it’s arms locally.
This was in response to allegation credited to the Department of State services that IPOB was plotting to attack Banks to get money to purchase arms.
The media and publicity secretary of the group Emma Powerful described the allegation as a poor script. Saying their arms are produced locally.
While assuring banks in the area of their safety he said IPOB members are freedom fighters not criminals .
According to the this was a plot by the DSS to spread wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern security Network and IPOB and dent our image .
Nigeria Is Number 1 Importer In Africa- WTO
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday revealed that Nigeria is the number one importer of commercial services in Africa in 2020.
WTO made the revelation in a data released on Friday.
The Geneva-based international trade organization ranked Nigeria as the 25th commercial importer in the world but the first commercial importer in Africa, followed by Egypt which was ranked 28th in the world.
While Egypt and Morocco made the list of world exporters led by the United States, Nigeria was conspicuously absent in the global commercial exporters’ list.
The US also ranked first in the commercial importers’ list followed by China, United Kingdom and Japan; while US, UK, China and India topped the exporters’ list.
WTO noted that preliminary estimates were based on quarterly statistics.
“Figures for the number of countries and territories have been estimated by the Secretariat.”
“Data for 2020 are not yet available for the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, commercial services exports were valued at US$72 billion and imports at US$73 billion,”
Living faith Church(Winners) to spend N160 Billion on New 100,000 seater Auditorium.
The living faith Church founded by Bishop David oyedepo is to spend over N160 billion to build 100,000 seater Auditorium known as “The Ark”
Ground breaking ceremony for The Ark was carried out by Bishop Oyedepo in March 2021.
It is sited on about 1,000 hectares of land withing the premises of the current Church building , The ark will specifically accommodate 106,000 seats and will include 24-floor mission Tower made up of two twin towers of 12 floors each.
Upon completion the existing 50,000 seaters faith Tabernacle will serve as an overflow facility .
Oyedepo has said members will not be tasked for the project
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