Nigerian Government Finalizes Creation of Nine New Universities

The Nigerian government has approved the appointment of vice-chancellors (VC) and registrars (Reg) for its newly created federal universities, which cut across the six geo-political zones in the country.

According to Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, minister of education, the action was in line with the resolve of the government to ensure that the universities took off by September. “President Goodluck Jonathan has graciously approved the appointment of the vice-chancellors and registrars for the universities,” she said. “Council also aproved N1.53billion for each university to be sourced from the Education Trust Fund.”
Rufa’i explained that they were selected from the academia, especially from the rank of former vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, provosts of Colleges of Medicine, and distinguished Nigerian professors in the Diaspora.
The new appointees, whose appointment take immediate effect, include, Prof. Bolaji Aluko and Mr. David Suwari, VC and Reg, respectively for Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State; Prof. Chinedu Nebo and Dr. Modupe Ajayi, VC and Reg, respectively for Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Prof. Jibrila Amin and Alhaji Yusuf Adamu, VC and Reg, respectively for Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State; Prof. James Ayatse and Mr. Abubakar Yusuf, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State; Prof. Geoffrey Okogbaa and Mr. John Ansho, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Wakari, Taraba State; Prof. Mohammed Farouk and Dr. Abubakar Bafeto, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State; Prof. Ekanem Braidi and Dr. Idris Jibrin, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi and Mrs. Habiba Adeiza, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, and Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe and Mr. G.O. Chukwu, VC and Reg, respectively, Federal University, Ndufe-Alike, Ebonyi State.
The creation of the new universities, according to Rufa’i, was informed by the “imperative to creating more access to university education in view of the large number of qualified candidates who are annually stranded.”
The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has been directed to facilitate students’ intake into the universities, come September.

(PS: For information on admission, please contact the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board office).

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