NUC approves new varsity for Imo
A new state-owned University of Agriculture and Environmental Science in Imo State has been granted provisional approval by The National Universities Commission.
The certificate of the establishment was presented to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, by Prof. Abubakar Rasheed the NUC’s Executive secretary in Abuja yesterday.
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the state met all the requirements for the establishment of a university.
He said: “In line with our rules, we shall recognize this institution because all requirements required for establishing a state university has been met. It will fully be owned by the Imo State government.
“The Imo State House of Assembly has enacted a law in respect of the university and the governor has assented to it. The University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has all its strategic documents ready. NUC recognizes the existence of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Studies as the second state-owned university, the 49th established by state governments and the 171st university in the Nigerian university system.”
Governor Okorocha said his government is partnering with private sectors to help sustain the institution, identifying infrastructure as key in setting up a university, said the state has provided for adequate infrastructure for the university’s take off.
He said: “We have over 600,000 students seeking admission into universities, and based on this, the government is building more universities to cushion this challenge. We already ensure infrastructure is in place and then it became easy to partner private investors. Funding is possible but most important is infrastructure.”