The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of Kogi State University Kabba.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed disclosed the development on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, Former Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello stated that the establishment of the new university was in response to his desire to ensure equity and justice in the distribution of educational institutions in the state:
“Kogi State as you are aware, Education is our heritage, education is whAt we are proud of both within the state, within the country, and across the world.
“When I came onboard, we had only one state University. Prince Abubakar University situated in Anyigba, Kogi East. In our second tenure, we ran to you and you granted us approval and we established Confluence University of Science and Technology in Osara, Kogi Central.
However, something was missing, even though we have a Federal University in Kogi West, which is in Lokoja, we are still desirous of equity and justice to ensure that every part of the state is carried along as far as the educational system of the state is concerned.
“So we deem it necessary to fulfill this age-long desire of our brothers in Okun land who today are proud producers of over 600 professors in this country are lacking in University”, he said.
The Executive Secretary of the NUC who read the approval letter for the University, pledged the Commission’s unwavering support to the institution.
The letter read in part, “Gazetted Law, Academic Brief and Physical National Plan. I write on behalf of the National Universities Commission to inform His Excellency that with effect from today, Monday 26th June 2023, Kogi State University Kabba has been recognised as the 62nd state-owned University in Nigeria and the 265th University in the Nigerian University system. The National Universities Commission hereby pledges its support to the New University.
“We also enjoin His Excellency and the Kogi State govt to take full advantage of the professional and technical advice that the commission is statutorily required to provide for the establishment and operation of the university.
“By a copy of this letter which I signed earlier, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB and the TETFund and the NYSC are being notified of the establishment of the new University”.
In another development, the NUC Boss
also announced his voluntary resignation from the Commission to continue lecturing at Bayero University, Kano where he was appointed from.