The Governor of Niger state, Muázu Babangida Aliyu has declared that the state University of Education, which is an initiative of his administration, would commence academic activities in September this year.
Like we all know, the Niger State University of Education is the first of its kind in the northern part of Nigeria and was transmuted from Niger State College of Education to Niger State University of Education.
It is also the second of such institution in the country, the first being Tai Solarin University of Education, Ikene in Ogun State.
While speaking during the inauguration of the projects ahead of the commencement of the new university, the State governor, governor Aliyu also named the Provost of the College of Education, Professor Umar Abdulrasheed, as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University of Education.
Likewise, the Chairman, Governing Board of the College, Prof. Mohammed Daniyan, is also named by the state governor, to be the Chancellor of the proposed university.
The governor also went on to add that their appointments were based on the records of distinctive performance by the two officers which led to the transformation of the citadel to an institution being sought after by students from across Nigeria.
Among the projects inaugurated by Governor Aliyu which were executed from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and as well, Internally Generated Fund (IGR) included, the N500 million Introductory Technology Centre (ITC).
Other projects commissioned by the Governor are the Centre for Educational Technology (CET), 1, 000 sitting capacity lecture theatre and as well as the construction and equipment of a Micro Finance Bank and a campus FM Radio station.
The governor also went on to disclose that the Niger State government has also paid for resource inspection of facilities as provided for the immediate take-off of the university in September, 2014 as a pre-condition for the National Universities Commission’s approval.
We hope everything goes right and academic activities commence in September as scheduled.