President Bola Tinubu has given the green light for the initiation of academic activities in six out of the 14 new universities established during the final days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, shared this announcement with journalists after a closed-door meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.In the initial phase, the launch of these universities will be categorized into two universities focusing on agriculture, two for Colleges of Education, and two specializing in the field of medicine.
Minister Mamman explained that starting all 14 institutions at once would place a heavy financial burden on the government due to the capital-intensive nature of tertiary institutions, which require substantial funds for infrastructure, staff recruitment, and other essential needs.The government may consider reassessing the commencement of the other institutions in the future, but most of the new universities have specialized focuses, such as colleges of education, agriculture, and medicine.
Minister Mamman emphasized that these institutions are aligned with the key mandates and priorities of President Tinubu’s administration. They are designed to meet the demands of the government’s education and agricultural priorities.
Furthermore, President Tinubu approved the completion of the National Library, which is expected to be finalized in 21 months and serve as the nation’s depository.In addition, a memo has been sent to the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission for the implementation of salary adjustments for workers in tertiary institutions. Recently, the government announced a salary increase of 35 percent for professors and 25 percent for other categories of workers in these institutions.The government is also in the process of constituting governing boards for universities that were recently dissolved.
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