Five new universities specialized in technology and health have been approved to be established in different parts of the country by the Federal Government.
The specialized universities, according to a statement from the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, will close the huge gap in the doctor-patient ratio as well as in medical research and production of pharmaceutical products.
He said that two of such universities of Technology are to be established in Jigawa and Akwa Ibom states respectively while the National Institute of Technology (NIT) is to be established in Abuja and two specialized universities in Health, Nutrition and Medical Sciences at Azare, Bauchi State and Ila Orangun, Osun State.
Echono said that four existing universities of Technology located in Yola, Akure, Owerri and Minna will be upgraded and equipped.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved the establishment of the new universities, also approved a take-off grant of N4 billion each for the universities of Technology and N5 billion each for the universities of Health Science from the funding resources of TETFund to ensure early take-off of the institutions.