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Nigeria: Federal govt. gives N31.5 bn to new universities

Federal University, Dutse

Federal University, Dutse

The Federal Government said it had so far allocated N31.5 billion for the nine newly established universities in the country.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquayyatu Rufai, disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in Dutse. Rufai, who was in Dutse to attend the matriculation of 205 pioneer students of the Federal University, Dutse, said that each of the institutions received N3.5 billion from the government.

She said that out of the amount, N1.5 billion was released to each of the universities as take-off grant, while N2 billion was for capital development projects. The minister said that government had concluded arrangements to establish three additional universities in Yobe, Kebbi and Zamafara States.

“This will bring the total number of the new Federal Universities to 12 and our target is to establish a university in all the 36 states. The idea is to expand the scope of university intake and accommodate the growing number of students seeking university education,’’ Rufai said.

She added that plans were under way to establish additional Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country. According to her, government has adopted effective measures toward improving funding to the universities and other tertiary institutions to enhance their operations.

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