The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Monday, March 12, approved the Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara, as the 47th state university and among 162 universities in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who announced the approval of the university in Abuja when Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, visited the NUC to present the strategic document for the establishment of the university, said the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), TETFund and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had been appropriately informed about the activities of the university, adding that the approval is for immediate effect.
The NUC chairman noted that before now, Zamfara was the last state in the country to establish a university.
“There are 161 universities in the country, 41 are owned by the federal government, 46 are owned by state government, 74 are privately owned but there is only one private university in the North West geo-political zone. There are 270 application for establishing more universities, hopefully two or three are from Kano and Kaduna,” he said.
“Every Nigerian will see the merit of long planning when the university becomes fully operational,” he said.
He commended the governor for setting aside N3billion for specific use in staff development, establishment fund and laboratory equipment.
According to him, this commitment is a good model that should be emulated by whoever wants to establish a university.
“I write on behalf of NUC that with effect from Monday, March 12, the Zamfara State University is approved as the 47th state university and also 162 universities in Nigeria.
“Zamfara is the last state to establish a university. But the establishment is apt when you will have to key into the reform programme the NUC is having now and will be of benefit to you.
“The NUC is looking at how we can be more effective in our regulation of all universities in Nigeria.”