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    NUC Executive Secretary, Abubakar Rasheed, says Total Enrollment of Students in Nigeria's Universities a Percent of Country's Population

    The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed says the total enrollment of students in the country’s 164 universities is only a percent of the country's population, TheCable reports.

    The Executibe Secretary made this known in Abuja during the presentation of Provisional License to a new private university, Skyline University, Kano.

    Skyline is the 75th private university approved by the national executive council, the news site gathered.

    Adding this new private university to the stock of 74 others, according to Rasheed, would account for 5.31 percent of the total enrollment in the universities across the country.

    A situation which, for him, is unhealthy. He therefore, stressed the need for more access either by creating more universities or expanding existing ones. ‎

    “All the 75 private universities in the country account for only 5. 31 percent of the total enrollment in our universities and many of them are small,” he said to TheCable.

    “If you look at the population of 198 million which is nearly 200 million and if you bear in mind that the total enrollment in our universities today, all the 164 universities is less than 2 million.

    “That is just 1.96 million students in the universities that translates roughly to one percent of the population; one percent of the population are in the university, I think that is not healthy.

    “So, we need more access; that is why we need either more universities or we need expand existing universities. We need to create more space for more Nigerians to get quality university education.”

    The NUC boss said the commission could not regulate the fees of private schools and further beckoned on government at all levels and philanthropists to institute scholarship for poor students, who are intelligent to enable them access quality education ‎.

    Rasheed pledged the NUC would continue to support investors in university education as long as they delivered quality education, which will in turn develop the country. ‎

    “The future of this country rests in the strength of the university education, so we will continue to support investors in our university education,” he said, the news site concludes.
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