The National Universities Commission (NUC) has said it is satisfied with the facilities put in place at the proposed Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, saying the establishment of more universities in the country will give citizens the opportunity to have access to qualitative education in the country.
The Director, Public Affairs of NUC, Malam Ibrahim Usman Yakasai made the remark on Tuesday while speaking to newsmen shortly after the delegation from the commission conducted the last leg of the inspection of facilities at the proposed site of the Maryam Abacha American University located at Hotoro in Kano metropolis.
According to him, “As you know when a proposed private university applies to us for a licence, we have to visit it to assess buildings and other facilities if it is ready for take-off. So, what we have seen here is satisfactory.”
He said the NUC would continue to encourage the establishment of more private universities in the country as the existing number of both private and public universities were grossly inadequate to cater for the increasing number of candidates seeking admission to the university annually.
Yakasai said the establishment of more universities in the country would give the citizens the opportunity to have access to qualitative education in the country.
He said, “There are over two million candidates that try to gain admission to tertiary institutions in the country annually while the capacity of all the 177 universities does not exceed 500,000, hence the need for the establishment of more of such institutions in the country.”
Also commenting, the former Deputy Governor of Kano State, Professor Hafizu Abubakar commended the proprietor of the Maryam Abacha American University, Professor Adamu Abubakar-Gwarzo for taking the bull by the horn.
He said there was a need for wealthy citizens of Kano State to borrow a leaf from Abubakar-Gwarzo by establishing more universities in the state.
“Five years ago, I had never imagined somebody from this part of the country would invest in education like what this young gentleman has done.
“Look at Ogun State, as small as it is, it has 18 private universities. So we have taken up the challenge in order to move forward.”
The NUC team had earlier paid a similar inspection visit to the proposed site of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Gwarzo, Kano State.
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