The National Universities Commission ( NUC ) has granted approval for the establishment of Zamfara State University, as the 162nd university in Nigeria.
This approval for the state-owned institution was granted on Monday in Abuja.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed announced this approval during a meeting with the governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari. He disclosed that the approval is aimed towards promoting educational development in the state and country.
According to Mr. Rasheed, the university will become the 47th state university in the country with effect from March 12.
The Executive Secretary urged the state government to adhere strictly to the technical advice which includes the rules and regulations of the commission.
He said JAMB, TETFUND, and NYSC have been informed of the creation of the university.
In his remarks, Mr. Yari said the emergence of the new university will not affect the development of the existing state university.
He said he has earmarked N3billion as a take-off grant for the university, aside from the provision of the minimum required structures
“out of the N3billion, N1billion is for staff training, N1billion for the procurement of equipment and the last N1billion is for establishment funds. The reason for the delay in establishing the university is that the government had to focus on primary and secondary education in order to improve the sector,” he said.
He also promised to make the welfare of staff as paramount, adding that the state would avoid owing salaries.
Yari also presented the physical master plan of the university and laws that would govern operations of the University to the Executive Secretary of NUC.