Data obtained from the National Universities Commission (NUC) has revealed that a total of 33 private universities were approved by the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari within 16 months.

The period under review is January 2021 and April 2022.

According to reports while 21 of the private universities were approved in 2021; 12 were approved during the present strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU)

Prior to the establishment of the 33 universities, the total number of universities in Nigeria stood at 186 comprising 49 federal universities; 59 state universities and 78 private universities.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, the Programme Director, Reform Education Nigeria, Ayodamola Oluwatoyin noted that while private universities have their benefits; they shouldn’t take the place of public universities.

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