Kuni Tyessi in Abuja
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the revalidation of the recognition of Niger State University of Education, Minna, to a university of Education.
The acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Maiyaki, made this known during a visit of Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umar Bago, to the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja, yesterday.
Maiyaki, who a read a letter conveying the approval, said the institution initially secured conditional recognition as university of education in 2013, but some of the conditions were never met by the successive administrations in Niger State, until the coming on board of Bago.
He said with the new development, Niger State University of Education was now fully recognised as the 63rd state-owned university in Nigeria.
“It will be recalled that Niger State University of Education, Minna, was recognised as duly established university in the Nigerian University System by the National Universities Commission.
“But that recognition was contingent to a formal concurrent in writing by the incoming administration as of at that time and its willingness to retain the university, but the process was never consummated by the successive Niger state administrations, until this government requested the activation of the NUC earlier recognition of Niger State University of Education, Minna,” Maiyaki said.
The acting NUC boss said the new university was approved following the presentation of relevant documents, including the gazetted university law, academic brief and masterplan.
While saying the new recognition of the university took effect yesterday, Maiyaki said other relevant government agencies like the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be informed of the new status of the institution.
He, however, urged the governor to uplift the facilities in the new university, adding that the NUC was fully ready to provide the necessary guidance to ensure the institution lives up to expectations.
Earlier, the Niger State governor said the visit was to congratulate Maiyaki on his new position as acting Executive Secretary of NUC as well as shared his passion for the massive development of the education sector in the state.
He added: “In 2013, my predecessor came here to convert Niger State College of Education, Minna to University of Education, somewhere along the line, it became a mirage, but with the guidance of Professor Yahaya Kuta, we have come to rekindle that ambition.
“Secondly, the IBB University Lapai is desirous and has applied for Medicine, we want to appeal to you (acting NUC Executive Secretary) to expedite the approvals necessary so we can have the full curriculum for medical studies.
“Thirdly, the Federal College of Education in Kontogora is supposed to be a university of education too, we want to see that become a fruition.
“The Federal Polytechnic in Bida is also desirous to be a degree awarding institution, and a lot of private initiatives have been coming too.”
On funding for the new university, Bago said with the coming into force of the education trust fund law in the state, such issue would not pose a problem.
“Niger State just passed a law on education trust fund, every contract of government, every transaction within the state is charged one percent for education fund,” he said.