The article examines the gap between the demand for and supply of university places in Nigeria. It points out the fact that the emergence of private universities on the Nigerian educational scene was targeted at providing more spaces for applicants and also to meet the demand for quality and content in education. The article argues that the establishment and operation of private universities have, however, raised other issues that can limit access to university education. These, among others, include the high fees charged by the institutions and the religious inclination of some of the universities. The article then identifies some policy implications of their existence to ensure that they serve national interest.
Makerere Journal of Higher Education Vol. 1, 2004: 37-52