Niger State government has said that it will spend over N594.6million on the recruitment of staff to the new University of Education and the College of Education both in Minna, the state capital.
The amount is to cover the salaries of 302 teaching and non -teaching staff for the University of Education as well as 6 management staff as well as the engagement of 212 academic and non-academic staff.
The Overseeing Commissioner for Education, Professor Mohammed Kuta Yahaya who disclosed this at a news conference in Minna yesterday said that the new University of Education will take off very soon as the National Universities Commission has concluded arrangements to undertake a visitation to the university with a view to approving its programmes.
In readiness for the visit, Professor Yahaya said government has released another N19million for the upgrading of facilities and improvement of environmental issues on the campus.
He disclosed that latest rating by the National Universities Commission has rated the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, another state-owned tertiary institution 59th in the country, ahead of some first generation universities.
The NUC, he said, has approved the post graduate programmes for the university which have been in high demand by post graduate students.
Meanwhile, Professor Yahaya, who is also the Commissioner for Agriculture has disclosed that a Kano state based firm is to invest over N150million in rice production in the state.
Already, the firm has acquired 11,000 hectares of land for a 25 year period and will revive moribund irrigation facilities in the affected community.

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