The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take-off of the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU) as the 48th state-owned university in the country.
With the establishment of BMU, the number of universities in Nigeria reaches 170.
The University is now recognised as the second public medical university and the fourth medical university in Nigeria as Bayelsa State already has two functional universities; the Niger Delta University, established in 2000, and the University of Africa, established two years ago.
While issuing the letter of recognition to the Governor of the State, the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed said although the commission did not want the proliferation of universities, Gov. Seriake Dickson’s achievements in the two other universities was sufficient encouragement for the establishment of another one to increase enrollment.
“With the powers confined on me and the management of NUC, we shall recognise Bayelsa Medical University as the 48th state university and the second public medical university in Nigeria “It has also become the fourth medical university in Nigeria.