The Nigerian government on Wednesday approved six additional new universities for the six geo-political zones of the country.

FEC, which approved the establishment of the universities at its meeting in Abuja, also decided that the institutions would be located in states without federal

It also approved $231.11m for the procurement of Direct Data Capture Machines for the voter registration to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Ministers, who briefed journalists after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, included the Minister of Information and
Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili; Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godsday
Orubebe; Works, Senator Sanusi Daggash; (Water Resources, Mr. Andrew
Obadiah; Minister of State for Information and Communications, Mr.
Labaran Maku; and Minister of State for Education, Chief Kenneth Gbagi.

Akunyili explained that the Federal Government decided to establish the universities to “bridge the admission gap for Nigerian students.”

“The council approved today (Wednesday) to establish one federal university in the six-geo political zones of the country in the states which do
not have a federal university after consideration. In future, we are
even going to have more,” she added.

She said only about 10 per cent of qualified candidates had access to universities in the country. According to her, many Nigerians should be able have access to
university education.

“The council approved these universities because the government of President Goodluck Jonathan does not only want to improve quality but also to improve access, which is
as important as quality,” she stated.

The minister added that the establishment of the new universities would not lower the standard of education in the country.

She stated that the minister of education actually proposed 44 universities, noting that they would be approved in phases, beginning
with the six institutions.

According to the minister, “The problem of Nigerian universities today is not their number.”

Commenting on the performances of ministries, departments and agencies in the 2010 financial year, Akunyili said the President had directed ministers to
explain how they spent budgetary allocations for their ministries.

The council on Wednesday also approved N41bn for the construction and rehabilitation of eight roads across the country.

The roads include Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Osogbo-Ilesa, Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road, Abeokuta-Ibadan Road, Ibadan-Lagere-Iremo-Enuwa-Ilesa By-pass,
Ahoada-Omoku-Road phase 1,
Ozalla-Akpugo-Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro-Isu-Onicha Road, Umuahia-Ikot
Epene Road, Suleja-Minna Road and Otukpa-Oweto Road.

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six more federal universities is not a very goodnews to me because right now, the existing federal universities are grossly underfunded. So why establishing more when the ones we have bitterly complain of lack of funds. The federal government has many times over said it cannot fund the universities singlehandedly. So why do we add more problems instead of looking out for ways to solve the existing one.
i think Gej is running out of ideas,6 more universities to bring forth more jobless graduates.creat jobs not more our existing schools. These are cheap political point scoring
this is a very stupid decision.
how many federal universities do we already have in his country? how have they funded and maintained?
our universities are super secondary schools. They are all run down, no good libraries, obsolete materials nd laboratories.
they should channel dat money to the existing ones to bring them up to standard.
Jonathan needs to change his advisers and aids on education to people that have oriented goals that meet the aspirations of Nigerians on education matters.
We should rather be talking of how to improve the standard of education in the country, upgrading of the infrastructures in the existing universities and impoving the conditions of teaching and learning than establishment of new universities. When shall we order our priorities right in this country?


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