July 18, 2024

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has accepted the revalidation of Niger State College of Education’s (Minna) accreditation as a university of education.

Acting NUC Executive Secretary Chris Maiyaki made this known during a visit by Niger State Governor Mohammed Umar Bago at the Commission’s offices in Abuja on Thursday.

Maiyaki, who read a letter transmitting the approval, stated that the institution initially received conditional recognition as a university of education in 2013, but that some of the conditions were never completed by successive Niger State administrations until the arrival of Governor Bago.

He stated that with this new milestone, Niger State University of Education is now fully acknowledged as Nigeria’s 63rd state-owned university.

“It will be recalled that Niger State University of Education, Minna, was recognized 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.

According to the interim NUC president, the new university was approved after the presentation of appropriate documents such as the gazetted University’s law, academic brief, and masterplan.

While stating that the new recognition of the university will take effect on Thursday, September 28, 2023, Maiyaki also stated that other relevant government agencies such as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be notified of the institution’s new status.

He advised the governor, however, to improve the facilities at the new university, adding that the NUC is fully prepared to give the required guidance to ensure the institution meets expectations.

Earlier, the Niger governor stated that the visit was to congratulate Maiyaki on his new role as acting Executive Secretary of the NUC and to express his passion for huge development of the state’s education sector.

He said : “In 2013, my predecessor had come 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, Governor Bago said with the coming into force of 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.

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