The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has called for an embargo on the creation of new public and private universities in the country .
The JAMB Registrar , Prof . Is – haq Oloyede , stated this , noting that emphasis should be placed on developing the existing universities in the country , which currently stand at 170 .
According to the National Universities Commission , the country has 43 federal universities, 48 state universities and 79 private universities .
Oloyede made the call on Friday while speaking at the 4 th convocation lecture of the Federal University , Dutse , Jigawa State .
According to a weekly JAMB bulletin obtained on Sunday, Oloyede said there was the need to place the embargo on the establishment of new universities in Nigeria so that the country’ s existing institutions could be adequately catered to .
He said , “ Since education is everybody’ s business, all Nigerians should support the effort towards educational development . Universities should not be established just to boost the ego of rich individuals and politicians . ”
Oloyede reiterated the recommendations of the 2017 Presidential Retreat on Education which made a case for a declaration of a state of emergency on the education sector .
The registrar advocated increased funding of education in the country by committing nothing less than 15 per cent the national budget to the sector .