The proprietor of Higher Education University (Ecole Superieure
Universitaire) in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Prof. David Iornem, has
advised the federal government to provide operating licenses for small
university colleges, as it’s done in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Spain,
Benin Republic and some other countries.
Iornem explained that, if granted, it will provide admission
opportunities for over 2 million Nigerian students jostling for
admission into universities and other higher institutions of learning.
Iornem, a Professor of management revealed that less than 500, 000 of
the over 2 million students currently writing the ongoing 2017 Jamb
UTME are likely to secure admission due to limited spaces, while the
remaining 1.5 million will be forced to join the army of unadmitted
students waiting at home for another year.
He urged government to emulate other countries and come up with
policies that will create room for regulated small university colleges
thereby creating more admissions for teeming Nigerian students.
Briefing journalists in Kaduna, for the takeoff of his newly
established university, Senator Iornem said he has decided to
establish such a university in Cotonou, Benin Republic which has been
accredited and licensed to offer degree in business administration for
a start, adding that they intend to add ICT as part of their degree
According to him, “I have been advocating for restructuring of higher
education for more participation from private sector. Such
restructuring will not limit ownership of higher institution to
billionaires alone, academics of like minds can come together and
start a small university college that would offer high standard higher
education. They don’t necessarily need to start big with a big hostel
and campus; they can start small with a storey building apartment and
“Over 2 million students will take part in JAMB but less than a
quarter of that will find places in universities, not because they
don’t qualify, but because there are no vacancies. If we have these
small university colleges they would help solve the challenge of
students with required qualification but no admission for many years.
“In three years, no Nigerian student with the qualifications will say
he doesn’t have admission, they would no longer be at the mercy of
Jamb. This system is much used in Ghana and Benin Republic, over 400,
000 Nigerian youths are in those universities in Ghana studying and
their quality is high. I have started to do what I’m preaching.” ELANZANEWS.M