The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted provisional license to the Kogi state government for the establishment of a new state owned university, Confluence University of Science and Technology.
The university which is located in Osara community, Kogi State has increased the number of State owned Universities in the country to 50.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who presented the license to the Governor of Kogi State in Abuja, said the specialised institution will be a propeller for rapid development in the country.
Professor Rasheed said the Commission gave approval of the new university as part of measures to deepen Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM, including research, medical and allied courses in the country.
“Without education non of us will be here today, this is going to be a specialized university, one that will be focused specifically on courses that will accelerate Nigeria’s economic growth and measure up in skills in the 21st century, “he stated.
According to Rasheed, with the provisional license, Confluence University is now recognised as the 50th State University in the country, while the management of the National Youth Service Corps, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund among other agencies would be notified accordingly of the existence of the institution.
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello said the idea behind creating the university is to raise graduates who can harness the natural resources in the state
He said the university was also inspired by the need to contribute to national development, especially raising a crop of graduates with entrepreneural mindset and self reliance.
He assured that the university will operate in tandem with international best practices, while care will be taken in appointing the management team and other levels of staff.