Federal government has given approval for the establishment of additional 20 new private Universities, thereby bringing the total number of Private Universities in the country to 99.
Nine of the newly approved Universities are located in North-Central, three in South-South, two in South-East, five in North-West and one in South-West.
The new approval was given on Wednesday, during Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, made a presentation at the FEC meeting, after which the approval was granted.
The schools will be given provisional licenses to run for three years, while the ministry monitors their growth.
They Universities are;
1.Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State.
2.Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State.
3. Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State.
4. Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State.
5. Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State.
6. Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State.
7. Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State.
8. Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State.
9. NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State.
10. Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State.
11. James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State.
12. Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State.
13. Capital City University, Kano State.
14. Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State.
15. University of Offa, Kwara State.
16. Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State.
17. Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State.
18. Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja.
19. Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State.
20. Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State.