The National Universities Commission (NUC) says only two, out of the seventy-five private Universities in the country were based in the North West Region.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed stated this while presenting application forms to Alhaji Musa Majia, the promoter of the first private university in Jigawa State, Khadija University, Majia, at in Abuja.
Professor Rasheed said the South West Region had 30 private universities while South East and South South regions got 12 each.
He said the commission had recently completed the procedures for the approval of four additional private universities and their papers were forwarded to Federal Executive Council for approval.
The Emir of Kazaure, Dr Najib Hussaini Adamu said while the government could not fund education alone, private higher education was highly competitive.
The Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar represented by the Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq said the government would support any effort at providing high-quality education for the citizenry.
The Vice Chairman of the Implementation Committee, a professor of pharmacology, Ajabognu Peter said the University would focus more on ICT and science-related courses.
Professor Peter expressed optimism that the university would promote academic excellence and development.