GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
19A. An institution of Higher Education may be sponsored or owned by the Government of the Federation or of a State or Local Government or by any of the following, that is:-
b. By an individual or association of individuals who are citizens of Nigeria, and who satisfy the criteria set out in the Schedule to this Act for establishment of institutions.
b. in the case of a Polytechnic or College of Agriculture, through the National Board for Technical Education;
c. in the case of a College of Education, through the National Commission for Colleges of Education; and
d. in any other case, through the Director-General of the Federal Ministry of Education, in accordance with the guidelines prescribed for making the application.
(2) No State, Local Government or tertiary institution shall benefit from the education tax with respect to a tertiary institution unless the application for the establishment of that tertiary institution was made in accordance with the provision of subsection (1) of this section.
(3) No person shall be granted approval to establish an institution of higher education unless the criteria set out in the Schedule to this Act have been satisfied.
CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHING AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
(1) The academic structure and spread of discipline of the institution shall be such as would cater for areas of felt needs.
(2) 1. Evidence shall be produced to show that the institution would be provided with adequate:-
(3) The Federal Government must be satisfied that, on approval being given, the sources of funding and necessary funds will be available.
(4) The Federal Government or its accredited agency shall ascertain and be satisfied itself that:-
(c) That the applicant has supplied a concrete and guaranteed source of financial support for the University to the tune of N200 million, N100 million for Polytechnic or Mono technic, and N50 million for a College of Education, over a period of 5 years.
(5) (1) A proposed institution shall have clearly spelt out master plan for infrastructural and programme development for at least 20 to 25 years which shall make adequate provision for:-
(a) Plan space, aesthetic beauty and fixed final assets;
(7) To pre-empt problems of inadequate municipal facilities, the proposed institution shall have a clear policy on student and staff accommodation and catering services.
(8) The proposed institution shall have a well articulated mission and set of objectives which may be original and innovative but unequivocally in consonance with the socio-economic and political aspirations of Nigeria.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY
Interview of Promoters to Ascertain their Seriousness (Step 2)
* Draft Academic Brief;
* Draft Physical Masterplan;
* Draft University Law;
* Counterpart Deed of Assignment;
* Certificate of Incorporation/Registration of Proprietors (accompanied with Articles and Memorandum of Association);
* Deed of Assignment/Certificate of Occupancy;
* Letter of Available Liquid Cash; and
* Bank Guarantee of Funds to the tune of
N200 Million from a reputable Bank.
It is usually advised that the last two documents should not be procured by the applicant until processing of the application has reached an advanced stage. Submission should also be at the instance of the Directorate of Establishment of Private Universities (DEPU).
Interactive Meeting of DEPU with the proposed university (Step 5)
The Federal Executive Council considers the recommendations of the NUC Board and Security report on the proposed university’s Promoters. If approved, a three-year Provisional Licence is granted the Proprietor. Only satisfactory performance during the probationary period will earn the Proprietor a substantive License.