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Bill on new universities awaits assent
Posted on August 8, 2012
Bill on new universities awaits assent
By Timothy Choji, Gombe
The bill establishing the nine new universities in Nigeria has been passed by the National Assembly and now awaits President Goodluck Jonathan’s assent.
Education Minister, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’I said the signing of the bill into law would, ’’legalize the existence of the universities, established by the Jonathan administration in fulfilment his election campaign promise.’’
Professor Rufa’I was speaking as a special guest of honour at the matriculation ceremony of the Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, North East Nigeria.
The Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo thanked the Nigerian Government for keeping its promise by establishing and funding the institution, which is projected to boost the state’s human resource and that of its neighbours.
He urged the management of the institution to maintain excellent standards.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Mohammed Farouk also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for establishing and supporting the institution.
Professor Farouk promised to develop the status of the University to ’’a centre of national and international excellence.’’
Academic activities at the University are commencing with two faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Natural Sciences.
Two hundred and seventy students matriculated at the event on Monday.
Nigeria: Jonathan's Delivered On Nine New Varsities, Says Minister
BY ALEX ENUMAH, 1 AUGUST 2012
President Gooluck Jonathan has delivered on his promise to establish and see to the take off of nine new universities in line with his emphasis on the transformation of the country through education.
This was contained in a statement by Mr. Agidike Abdul Onu, the Press Secretary to the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i,
According to Onu, Rufa'i, disclosed this Tuesday while speaking at the matriculation ceremony of 217 students admitted into the newly established Federal University in Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State where she stated that the Federal Government recognises the fact that meaningful development cannot be achieved without access to quality education.
Rufa'I commended the Katsina State Government for the prompt release of the take-off site, grant of N1 billion for renovation of structures inherited within the site and donation of a fully-furnished hostel, all of which she said contributed to the take-off of academic activities in the university.
The minister congratulated the matriculating students for being pioneers of the institution even as she challenged them and indeed the entire university system to be above board in academics and character, assuring them that government on its part was very determined to nurture it to maturity.
Rufa'i announced that the bill establishing the new universities has been passed by the National Assembly and would soon be signed into law by the President.
The governor of Katsina State, Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema, said the priority attention accorded the education sector since 2009 in the state was not misplaced; noting that within the period, two universities had been established by the state and federal governments respectively.
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission. Prof. Julius Okojie was equally overwhelmed that the new university project which was pronounced by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 like a dream has become a reality within a short time.
He enjoined the host community to contribute to the growth of the university to serve them better.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. James Ayatse, said that the 217 students were admitted into three initial faculties namely: Science and Education, Arts, Management and Social Science and Agriculture & Agricultural Technology.
He announced various rewards for students who excel in their academics including, scholarship awards, appearance on honour list and automatic employment for students who graduate with first class.