Mr. Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting told journalists that the Federal Government has approved the establishment of six (6) new universities in Nigeria.
The Universities are the Admiralty Univerity, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State; Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State; Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo State; and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Lagos.
According to him, the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) would take the issue of accreditation very seriously; “and if any university fails to meet their standard, we are going to deregister their courses and if enough courses are deregistered, it will lead to the closure of the university.”
Regarding why the federal government was finding it hard to keep to the agreements reached with the non-academic staffs of tertiary institutions, non-payment of entitlements and the reinstatement of sacked teachers, he said; “As far as I know, we had sat down with the unions, we met and these issues had been thrashed out, I don’t know that there was problem that rose later because I travelled out of the country and came back yesterday (Tuesday).
“But as far as I am concerned, these things had been addressed before I left and the formula that was used to share the money was agreed by them. They sat down with the officials in the ministry of education and agreed. So, the money was not for ASUU alone, it was for all the unions.
“The shortfall in salary is being addressed. On the teachers of staff schools, it will certainly take time. Government has accepted the court verdict that says they should be reinstated and they will be reinstated. I think the only issue before I left was that they will be in salary relevant to what they are doing, they are not university staff, so they will just be receiving normal salaries like the grade level they get.”