The registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede has called for the imposition of an embargo on the creation of new universities in Nigeria.
According to PUNCH, Oloyede made the call during his speech at the fourth convocation lecture of the Federal University, Dutse (FUD), which held on June 21, 2019.
The registrar, in the board’s weekly bulletin issued by Fabian Benjamin, its spokesman, called for the placement of an embargo on the establishment of new universities so that the country’s existing 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,” he said.
Reinstating the recommendations of the 2017 Presidential Retreat on Education, Oloyede also suggested an increment in annual budgetary allocation for universities to nothing less than 15 percent.
Based on the information by the National Universities Commissions (NUC), there are currently 43 federal universities, 48 state universities and 79 privately owned ones in Nigeria.
The exam body had earlier announced 160 and above as this year’s national minimum cut-off mark for admission into public universities.