The Federal Government has given approval to the establishment of two new private universities in the country. The approval was given on Wednesday at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The two new universities are Edwin Clark University located in Kiagbodo, Delta State and Hezekiah University, located in Umudi, Imo State.
The first university belongs to Chief Edwin Clark, a former Federal Commissioner of Information in the First Republic and staunch supporter of the President.
The Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, spoke to the press after the meeting.
She said: “The Minister of Education tabled a memorandum to seek the council’s ratification of the President’s anticipatory approval for the issuance of provisional licence for the establishment of Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State.
“The establishment of Edwin Clark University will address the inadequate access to university education and enrolment of students in excess of the carrying capacity of the universities.
“In addition, the establishment of the university will also address the development challenges of the Niger Delta in particular and also the wider global community as a whole.
“After deliberations, the council ratified the President’s anticipatory approval for the issuance of provisional licence for the establishment of Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State.”
The council had during its February 25 meeting approved nine additional private universities for the country.
The nine universities approved at that February meeting were Augustine University, Ilara, Lagos State; Chrisland University, Owode, Ogun State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State; Hallmark University, Ijebu Itele, Ogun State; Kings University, Ode Omu, Osun State; Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Orode, Delta State; Mountain Top University, Ogun State; Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State; and Summit University, Offa, Kwara State.