The Nigerian Government has granted operating licenses to 37 new universities in various parts of the country.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this said the approval was given during an extraordinary session of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He noted that the new approval brings to 72 the total number of universities licensed by the Buhari administration since 2015.

The Minister, however, did not name the universities, revealing that one of them is an online university, the first of its kind in Nigeria owned by a woman from Bauchi State.

According to him, it is expected that it will cater for the likes of northern Muslim women who feel reluctant or are restrained from attending physical campus education.