The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval for the establishment of the Niger State University of Education, making it the 270th university in Nigeria.
The official approval letter was presented to Governor Mohammed Bago at the NUC’s headquarters in Abuja by the Acting Executive Secretary of the NUC. This development was announced by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Bologi Ibrahim, on Thursday.
Governor Bago expressed his gratitude to the NUC for reactivating and approving a process that had been in progress for over a decade. He also shared his vision of making Niger State a hub for education and stated that funding the university would not be an issue, thanks to an Education Trust Fund law mandating 1% of every State Government contract to support the Trust Fund.
Furthermore, Governor Bago appealed to the NUC to expedite the approval of Medicine at the Ibrahim Babangida University Lapai for the full implementation of Medical courses. He expressed confidence that the upgrade of the Federal College of Education Kontagora to a University of Education, as signed by the Buhari administration, would soon become a reality.
Governor Bago emphasized the importance of vocational skills and pledged to establish a vocational training hub to address the shortage of graduates with practical skills in the workforce.
Chris Mayaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of the NUC, congratulated the state government for completing the establishment process of the State University of Education and pledged NUC’s full support. Mayaki encouraged the state government to seek professional and technical advice from the NUC to ensure the sustainable funding and operation of the University.
The concept of converting the state College of Education into the University of Education was initiated during the Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu Administration in 2013 and was officially recognized by the NUC on May 8, 2015. With effect from September 28, 2023, the State University of Education is now officially the 270th university in Nigeria, becoming the second state-owned university in the country.
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