THE Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, has disclosed that the commission has recommended nine new private universities for accreditation in Nigeria. Prof. Julius Okojie, disclosed this yesterday while speaking at an interactive session with the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN), in Abuja. He said the commission had forwarded the names of the prospective universities mainly in the South-West geo-political zone to the Minister of Education for consideration. Okojie disclosed that the NUC Governing Board had approved the proposed private universities. However, the proposals sent to the president through the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, would also receive the input and approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The approval will increase the number of universities in the country from its present 129 to 138. According to him, government was pleased with the contributions of private sector to the development of the nation’s tertiary education.