Borno gets NUC’s approval for new varsity
As part of efforts to restore its glory in educational development, the Borno State government has secured approval for a new university located in its capital, Maiduguri.
Governor Kashim Shettima, who led a state delegation to the National Universities Commission, NUC, in Abuja for the approval, said the new university will kick off in January 2017.
Shettima noted that at full maturity, the University is expected to have 12 faculties, 77 Departments, 281 undergraduates and school of post graduate studies as well as basic and Remedial studies.
He disclosed that plans were already underway to establish two more universities in the state in 2017 to bring the number of higher institutions in the state to 10, adding that the new universities will help to stem the tide of insurgency in the state.
“If we are serious about ending Boko Haram, if we are serious about rebuilding Borno and repositioning it for the future, there is nothing like providing quality and affordable education to our teeming population of uneducated youths,” he said.
The governor also lamented that “Borno State has been taken 50 years backward, no thanks to the vicious Boko Haram we inherited in 2011.
“As we all know, hate for education is the fundamental principle of the Boko Haram. This explains why they focused so many attacks on educational institutions.”
Speaking on the scale of destruction carried out by Boko Haram, he said “in the educational sector alone, a total of 5, 335 classrooms and other academic buildings were destroyed by insurgents across 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools and two tertiary institutions in Borno State.”
While handing over the approval letter, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said NUC was fully satisfied with infrastructures put in place for the take-off of the institution.
Rasheed noted that the approval brings the number of state universities in the country to 143.
“Consequent upon the formal presentation of the relevant gazetted law, Academic Brief and Physical Master Plan and satisfactory report, I write on behalf of the National Universities Commission, NUC, to inform His Excellency, that with effect from Monday 7, November, 2016, Borno State University, located in Maiduguri, has been recognised," he said.