The National Universities Commission (NUC) has expressed satisfaction
with the facilities put in place at the proposed Maryam Abacha
American University of Nigeria, Kano.
The director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Malam Ibrahim Usman
Yakasai made the remark while speaking to newsmen shortly
after the delegation from the commission conducted last leg of the
inspection of facilities at the proposed site of the university
located at Hotoro in Kano metropolis.
“As you know when a proposed private University apply to us for
licence we have to visit it to assess buildings and other facilities
if it is ready for take off. So what we have seen here is
satisfactory,” he said.
He said the NUC would continue to encourage the establishment of more
private universities in the country as the existing number of both
private and public universities were grossly inadequate to cater for
the increasing number of candidates seeking admission to university
Yakasai said the establishment of more universities in the country
would give the citizens the opportunity to have access to qualitative
education in the country.
‘’There are over two million candidates that try to gain admission to
tertiary institutions in the country annually while the capacity of
all the 177 universities does not exceed 500,000, hence the need for
the establishment of more of such institutions in the country,” he said.
In his remarks, the former deputy governor of Kano State, Prof.
Hafizu Abubakar commended the proprietor of the proposed University,
Prof. Adamu Abubakar-Gwarzo for taking the bull by the horn.
He said the people of Kano State should thank the Almighty Allah for
blessing them with Abubakar-Gwarzo who is a patriotic citizen of the
He said that there was need for wealthy citizens of Kano State to borrow a
leaf from Abubakar-Gwarzo by establishing more universities in the
state in view of the fact that Kano remains the most populous and
densely populated state in the country.
“Five years back I had never imagined that somebody from this part of the
country will invest in education like what this young gentleman has
“Look at Ogun State as small as it is it has 18 private universities.
So we have taken up the challenge in order to move forward,” he said.
The NUC team had also paid similar inspection visit to the proposed
site of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Gwarzo, Kano