The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of four new private universities in Nigeria.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced the approvals while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the first meeting of the council this year.
The new universities are Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State and Westland University in Iwo, Osun State.
Mr. Adamu said the approvals were given because the four universities met the criteria for establishing universities following visitations by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The approvals bring the number of private universities in Nigeria to 79.
The NUC had in August 2018 said it was processing over 200 applications for new private universities in the country.
Before today’s approval, the total number of universities in the country was 160 (40 federal universities, 45 state-owned universities, and 75 private universities).