By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja.
The National Universities Commission NUC has confirmed the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology by the Kogi State Government.
NUC at the occasion, present of a provisional license for the kick-off of the university, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
The university which is located in Osara community has increased the number of state-owned universities in Nigeria to 50.
The Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello revealed that the university was inspired by the need to contribute to national development, especially raising a crop of graduates with entrepreneurial mindset and self reliance.
According to him, “Confluence university was conceived to be a Specialised University of Science and Technology because we know the importance of education, without education we won’t be gathered here today.
“Ours will be a very functional university because it will put our knowledge to the test, you all know that we are quick in exporting our natural resources without adding real value, rather than sitting down to look at how we can develop our own technology, this university will exist to bridge that gap and contribute to the general well being of Nigeria.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed noted that the Commission gave approval for its establishment as part of measures to deepen Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM, including research, medical and allied courses in the country.
He said: “Without education, none 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 21 century.
He stated that with the provisional license, Confluence University was now recognised as the 50th state university in the country.
He assured that 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.