President Buhari approves five new Universities with N5 billion take off grant

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 21, has approved the establishment of 5 new Universities. According to the President, the new varsities will specialize more on Technology and Health, and as such, will help close the very huge gap in the Doctor-Patient ratio in the e country.

He also approved a take-off grant of N4 billion each for the Universities of Technology and N5 billion each for the Universities of Health Science from the funding resources of TETFund to ensure early take-off of the institutions.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono made the disclosure on Monday.

He added that the President approved 2 additional University of Technology in Jigawa and Akwa Ibom states.

He said that the President approved the establishment of National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Abuja and 2 specialized Universities in Health, Nutrition and Medical Sciences to be located at Azare, Bauchi State and Ila Orangun, Osun State.

Echono said the specialized Universities would lay a solid foundation for building national preparedness and resilience in anticipation of future challenges in the health sector while reducing Medical tourism to countries like India, UAE, Egypt, Europe and the USA.

“The 2 new Universities of Technology will be established in 2021 while the upgrade of the existing four Universities of Technology and the National Institute of Technology will come on stream next year.”

“The Institute shall be patterned after similar institutions in Singapore and Malaysia to serve essentially as a postgraduate centre devoted to research and innovation, drawing the best graduates from the six Universities of Technology, as well as other exceptional graduates from reputable universities within and outside Nigeria, ” he said.

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