Niger State government said it will not establish a University of Education as an ‘Ego Trip’ but a project /programme that can be sustained in terms of funding to meet the aspiration of the people.
The immediate past government of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu had established the University of Education at the College of Education, Minna, after getting approval from the Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, as the 41st State University and 142nd university in Nigeria.
In View of the need to look at the desirability of the project, the new administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has put the project on hold to examine the source of sustainable funding of the new University and its viability.
Making the position of the government known yesterday, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, while inaugurating the 8-man committee chaired by Hajiya Dije Bala, stated that the Governor has expressed satisfaction with the facilities at the proposed University but it was not about the facilities that the government was looking at.
The Deputy Governor said, “ Beyond this (facility) however the establishment of the Niger State University of Education should not be an ego trip but should take into consideration the challenge of sustainable funding of its programme /projects in its entirety.”
He therefore asked the Committee to determine the viability and sustainability of the University and report back to the state government. The members of the Committee were Rabi Yahaya , UB Ahmed, Ahmed Sadauki Abubakar, Prof MAT Suleiman Mohammed Agwai, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Shuaibu Adamu, and Aliyu Isah Ekkan who will act as secretary and assistant secretary, respectively.
The chairperson of the committee, Hajiya Dije Bala, pledged that the committee will be committed to the assignment and that they will not betray the confidence reposed on them.