Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, has said the government is committed to ensuring that the new nine federal universities meet international standards.
Speaking in Lokoja, Kogi State on Tuesday after inspecting the temporary and permanent sites of the Federal University, Lokoja, she promised that the universities would not be starved of funds.
Rufa’i said, “We are not out to establish local universities but rather build a universities that will meet international standards. And the government is ever positioned to provide all necessary means to achieve this objective.”
The minister commended the work at the Federal University Lokoja, adding that she was pleased with the structures being put in place.
Rufa’i said it would be better for the university to start academic activities with appreciable infrastructure.
The minister, during her visit to Governor Idris Wada, appealed to the state government to resettle those whose structures are still within the university environment.
According to her, it will be a security risk to allow private and non academic worship centres in the university. She stated that this was not allowed anywhere in the world.
Wada said the state government would collaborate with the federal government for the speedy take-off of the university. He also said the take off of the university would create more jobs, adding that the government was already partnering with the university to take off.