The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given approval for the establishment of a new university in Maiduguri, Borno state by the state government.

The letter of approval for the establishment of the university was presented to the Governor of the state, Kasim Shettima by the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Rasheed Abubakar, at the headquarters of NUC in Abuja on Monday.
The NUC boss said the commission was satisfied with the infrastructures put in place for the take-off of the institution.
He expressed his appreciation to the state government for its desire and commitment to the restoration of the educational reputation and credibility of the state that had been strongly affected by the activities of Boko Haram in the past four years.
Prof. Rasheed urged the government to shun mediocrity, promote excellence and professionalism in order to continually enjoy the support of NUC and to successfully run the institution.
“Consequent upon the formal presentation of the relevant gazette 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 recognized
“Boko Haram insurgents were literally expressing their ignorance and opposition to education but thanks to federal and state government’s resistance efforts that have yielded positive results,” he stated.
In his remarks, Shettima said the new university would go a long way in tackling the menace of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
He said the state has planned to establish two more universities next year to bring the number of higher institutions in the state to 10.
The newly established university, he said, would take off in January next year.
Shettima added that the state would focus on education to restore the glory of the state through educational development.
He said: “I know it will be a major responsibility to add a university to our too many expenditures that include ongoing reconstruction of destroyed communities, but then, 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.
“Borno State has been taken 50 years backwards, 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.
“They regularly encourage us, without failing to tell us areas we needed to improve in the progress we have made.”
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