The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has called for an embargo on the establishment of new public and private universities in Nigeria.
Prof. Oloyede stated that emphasis should be placed on developing the existing ones across the country, which currently stand at one hundred and seventy.
According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria can boast of forty-three federal universities, forty-eight state universities and seventy-nine private universities across the country.
JAMB Registrar made the call over the weekend while speaking at the 4th Convocation lecture of the Federal University, Dutse in Jigawa state.
Oloyede said there was need to place the embargo on the establishment of new public and private universities in Nigeria so that the country’s existing higher institutions could be adequately catered to.
“Since education is everybody’s business, all Nigerians should support the effort towards educational development. Universities should not be established just to boost the ego of rich individuals and politicians,” Oloyede stated.
The Registrar advocated increased funding of education in the country by committing nothing less than fifteen per cent of the country’s national budget to the sector.