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12 tertiary institutions get N25b special impact fund

| August 8, 2012 More

•Two more fed varsities underway

The Federal Government has approved N25 billion for the 2012 Special High Impact Programme Fund.

Twelve tertiary institutions will benefit from the fund.

They include: Moshood Abiola University, Lagos; The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Anambra State University, Uli; Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE); University of Calabar (UNICAL) and Delta State College of Education, Agbor.

Others are Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero; The Federal Polytechnic, Kauran Namoda; Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola; Bauchi State College of Education, Azare; Benue State University, Makurdi and Federal Polytechnic, Nassarawa.

Minister of Education Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai announced this yesterday in Abuja during the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Annual Strategic Planning Workshop for tertiary institutions.

She said the beneficiaries were selected on the principle of one university and one polytechnic or college of education per geo-political zone.

The minister said the allocation is meant for programmes upgrade and the improvement of the teaching and learning environment.

She said each of the universities got N3 billion while the polytechnics and colleges of education got N1 billion each.

Urging the institutions to apply the funds judiciously, the minister appealed to institutions that are yet to benefit from the fund to be patient.

At the matriculation of the pioneering students of the Federal University, Kashere (FUK), Gombe State, Prof. Rufai said the law establishing the nine new federal universities is awaiting President Goodluck Jonathan’s assent. 

She said a N3.5 billion take-off grant has been released to each of the nine universities.

The minister said the president has approved the establishment of two more federal universities.

They are to be setup next year.

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Tha’anda Rubai, said the state government will support the university.

FUK Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mohammed Farouk said the institution aims to become an international learning centre.

He said the school would “produce graduates, who are aware of, appreciate, respect and celebrate diversity in all forms”.

Farouk said the Federal Government has mandated the institution to focus on agriculture, education and entrepreneurship.

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