The director, corporate communications, National Universities Commission – NUC, Ibrahim Yakassai, said that Nigeria would need over a 1,000 more universities.
According to him, over three-quarters of students qualified to secure admission into tertiary institutions in the nation were denied access because of inadequate space.
Mr Yakassai stated this during an interview with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting – ICIR.
He said the commission would continue to issue licenses to as many persons as possible who met the conditions set by the NUC to set up private universities.
Yakassai said unlike public university, there was no federal character in the issuance of licences for interested Nigerians to run private universities. He said northern part of the country was just awakening from its ‘sleep’ over the need to run private universities, while their southern counterpart had gone far.
“Private universities are open to all Nigerians. If we have applicants from those states that have many private universities already who are able to satisfy our conditions, we will give them. Private universities are not public universities; there is no federal character in private universities.
“If there is federal character, we would have stopped giving them. The north was not ready for a long time, but it is just waking up. That will not hinder the progress of other states of this country that are ready. If applicants from Ogun come today and satisfy our conditions, we will give them.”