NUC acknowledges conversion of Varsity of Education to conventional Varsity in Niger

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has officially acknowledged the conversion of Niger State University of Education, Minna, from a specialized institution to a conventional university.

In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Digital Media and Strategy, Abdullberqy Usman Ebbo, said the transformation started with the revalidation of the university by the NUC on September 28, 2023 as the 63rd state-owned university and the 270th university in the Nigerian University System (NUS).

Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago who is the visitor to Abdulkadir Kure University on January 3, 2024, had inaugurated the Pioneer Governing Council and Management of the new University, with Professor Kuta Yahaya and Prof MA Paiko as pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor respectively.

“The NUC received a communication, Ref. GHNS/S/106, dated December 29, 2023, from the Office of the Executive Governor, notifying the Commission about the renaming of the university after an illustrious son of Niger State, Eñgr Abdulkadir Kure for his impactful contributions to education, healthcare, and infrastructure, including the establishment of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.

“It is on record that this development was promptly supported by the Niger State House of Assembly through appropriate legislative action and subsequent assent by the Governor. In his response, the Acting Executive Secretary applauded the visionary leadership of Governor Bago especially the huge financial commitment for the take-off of the University and pledged continuous support and assistance to the vision of the Niger State Government for the growth and development of Abdulkadir Kure University, Minna.

“To ensure a seamless transition, he further informed the Governor that the notice have been sent to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for further necessary action.”

Ebbo described the development as a big moment for education in Niger State in line with the numerous legacy projects championed by Governor Umaru Bago.