The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) at Osara Kogi state.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mohammed Onogwu, chief press secretary to Yahaya Bello, Kogi governor, quoted Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, NUC executive secretary, as saying that the university would receive all the necessary support from the commission.
Rasheed, who met with Bello at the NUC headquarters in Abuja, asked the Kogi government to take technical advice that the commission provides for the establishment, funding and operation of any new university.
The executive secretary said all the relevant stakeholders – including Tertiary Education Trust FUND, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – have been notified about the institution.
On his part, Bello said the university is being established because the future of the country would be driven by science and technology, adding that it would help Nigeria utilise it’s “resources for its ultimate benefits.”
The governor said Kogi and the country at large need science focused institutions to promote local manufacturing and reduce dependence on importation.
He added that in the long term, other sources of revenue would be sourced to run the institution apart from funds from the state government.