THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved a new university for Kogi State.
The university will be sited in Kabba, one of the major towns in the state.
Kabba is in the Kogi West senatorial district.
The new institution will be the second owned by the state, coming after the State University in Ayingba, Kogi East.
It will be the 62nd state university in Nigeria, and brings the total number of universities in the country to 265.
Sharing the approval letter, signed by the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, a professor, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello wrote on his Facebook Page on Tuesday, June 27, “Let’s continue to do more,” as he exchanged pleasantries with the government officials.
The letter with the reference number NUC/ES/52NOL.13/117 was dated June 26, 2023.
It has the title, “Recognition of Kogi State University, Kabba,”
Part of it reads, “Consequent upon receipt of your letter of intent dated June 19, 2023, and the formal presentation today of the Strategic documents, including the relevant gazetted law, academic brief and physical master plan, I write, on behalf of the National Universities Commission (NUC), to inform His Excellency, that with effect from Monday, June 26, 2023, Kogi State University, Kabba, has been recognised as the 62nd State-owned University and 265th University respectively, in the Nigerian University System.”
The NUC pledged to support the institution. It also advised the state government to take ‘full’ advantage of the professional and technical advice that the commission is statutorily required to provide on the university’s establishment, funding and operation.
“By a copy of this letter, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are being notified of the establishment of the university.”