This online news platform understands that Arch Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education disclosed this in Abuja on Monday.
According to Echono, the five new universities specialized in technology and health would close the huge gap in the doctor-patient ratio as well as in medical research and production of pharmaceutical products.
President Buhari also approved a take-off grant of N4 billion each for the Universities of Technology and N5 billion each for the Universities of Health Science from the funding resources of TETFund to ensure the early take-off of the institutions in the country.
The Permanent Secretary further disclosed that Buhari approved two additional University of Technology in Jigawa and Akwa Ibom states, while the President also approved the establishment of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Abuja.
It was learnt that President Buhari further approved two specialized universities in Health, Nutrition and Medical Sciences to be located at Azare, Bauchi State, and Ila Orangun, Osun State.
Echono noted that the President approved that four existing Universities of Technology located in Yola, Akure, Owerri, and Minna be upgraded and equipped.
The Permanent Secretary added that the two new Universities of Technology will be established in 2021 while the upgrade of the existing four Universities of Technology and the National Institute of Technology will come on stream next year.
Echono, who revealed that President Buhari has also approved new Vice Chancellors for all universities in the country, said the new specialized universities would lay a solid foundation for building national preparedness and resilience in anticipation of future challenges in the health sector.