“I want to assure you that Confluence University of Science and Technology will be funded and it is going to move with the speed of spirit.”
These are the words of the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, when he received the license for the establishment of a new state-owned university from the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Council (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed in Abuja today, November 10. The University of Science and Technology will be located in Osara, Kogi.
Governor Yahaya Bello said that the university was conceived primarily to train graduates who would harness the vast natural resources the country and Kogi, in particular are endowed with.
According to him, the new university would contribute its quota to national development and create self -reliant entrepreneurs in, even as he assured that funding of the university would not be a problem at all.
“Confluence was conceived to be a Specialized University of Science and Technology because we know the importance of education, without education we won’t be gathered here today.
“Ours will be a very functional university because it will put our knowledge to the test, you all know that we are quick in exporting our natural resources without adding real value, rather than sitting down to look at how we can develop our own technology, this university will exist to bridge that gap and contribute to the general wellbeing of Nigeria.
“When we started this particular project we considered funding as well and the funding has begun.”
Speaking at a brief ceremony, the NUC boss, Professor Rasheed said that the approval for the establishment of the university was granted to deepen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including research, medical and allied courses in Nigeria.
“Without education, none of us will be here today. This is going to be a specialized university, one that will be focused specifically on courses that will accelerate Nigeria’s economic growth and measure up in skills in the 21st century.”
With the procurement of provisional license for the Confluence University, Nigeria now has 50 state-owned universities.