The Federal Executive Council has approved four new private universities on Wednesday, 9th January 2019. The first meeting of the Council was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Briefing State House correspondents, the Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu, gave the names of the universities as: Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan, Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State; and Westland University in Iwo, Osun, State.
Mal. Adamu stated that the universities met all the requirements for approval. He added that they all submitted their Master Plans. Academic Briefs and list of facilities. The minister also said the report of the visitation panels by the National Universities Commission, gave the Universities a nod for approval.
The total number of private universities in Nigeria rose to 79. Also approved by FEC was N1.7bn for the installation of the Second Phase Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication for the Kano Flight Information Region.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika also briefed the news men that Kano Flight Information Region covers Abuja and Lagos airports, according to the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
He explained that the project was meant to improve on communication and safety during flight operations. The Minister. of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), explained that the Mambilla project would consume at least 18 million bags of cement, adding that it would create jobs.
He said that the Mambilla Hydro Power Project got an approval of N800m, stating that the project would create job opportunities.
He added, “Apart from the mining jobs, you need to transport them and you are looking at 900,POO trucks, and the 42,000 tones of steel that will be required to build this. You can see the economic impact of Mambilla.”
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said, “The Federal Executive Council approved two memos from the Ministry of Petroleum. One was an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract for the 12 inch by 6 inch Opoho-Okoho flexible pipelines in OML 119, which was awarded to messrs National Oil Verco and MELCURT Nigeria Limited.”
“The second approval was on the Escravos to Lagos gas pipeline phase one for “additional unforeseen works in engineering.