Executive Secretary of the National University Commission NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed has reiterated
the need for the establishment of more universities in Nigeria as part of efforts to meet the educational
demands of the country's growing population.
According to him, "Since 2003, 7.8m students took jamb but about 1.9m only gained admission into
Nigerian universities, leaving an army of frustrated youths who wish to acquire university education but
the space is not sufficient to accommodate them. As at today, Monday, 12-03- 2018, there are 161
universities comprising 41 Federal, 46 states owned while 74 are owned by private people".
Rasheed who spoke yesterday when Senator Dino Me late paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja
assured Senator Melaye and indeed Nigerians that the NUC is currently working with federal
Government to find solutions to the problems, and recommendations would be submitted soon to the
various authorities including the executive and legislature.
Dino while speaking during the occasion said "OKun land, specifically Kabba as its headquarters deserves
a university. The college of agriculture Kabba is as old as the ABU zaria but it is yet to become a full-
fledged university even though it has most of the facilities required to become a university.
"We need this university because it's as important to us Okun people as the breath of air, so we have
come to lobby you so that you can lobby the Education Minister and President Buhari so that a
university can be established in Kabba."
A Bill seeking to establish the university in Kabba is currently in progress in the NASS, and in the words of
Senator Melaye, "we appeal to you that when the Bill gets to the President and your advice is sought,
give good words for us the Okun people," he requested.
Okun land is notable for farming, and the people produce maize three times a year, while yam is
produced twice yearly because of the conducive climate for farming a variety of crops.