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NSUK Commences Medicine, Engineering Courses Next Session, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed says the institution will commence college of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as the Faculty of Engineering in the 2021/2022 academic session. 

Mohammed disclosed this when he appeared before the committee on Education of the state House of Assembly for its 2021 budget assessment. 

According to the Vice-Chancellor, arrangements for the take off of the faculties has reached advanced stage with target of next session. 

"The establishment of College of Medicine and Health Sciences and Faculty of Engineering are scheduled to take off in the 2021/2022 academic session.

"As top class academicians and industry players/ professionals were appointed into steering committees for the take off of the programmes", he told the committee on Monday. 

The Vice-Chancellor who commended the committee for supporting the activities of the state owned university to succeed also appreciated Governor Abdullahi A. Sule for given adequate attention to the university.

He however identified the challenges facing the university to include insufficient funds for staff salaries, unremitted funds by various channel of school fees collections and insufficient budget provision. 

Earlier, Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education said that the committee invited the institution in order to know its 2021 budget performance as well as other emerging challenges facing the institution with a view of fashioning out ways to address them.

Ogazi has assured of the assembly's readiness to give the institution the most desire attention its deserves.

"Nasarawa State University is the only industry we have so far in the state.

"We will give it  all the necessary support to succeed and it is on this note that we call on the state government to give the institution all the attention it deserves especially in the area of funding", he said.

Ogazi also said that the Assembly is supporting the location of Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia considering its proximity, benefits and other advantages associated with the location.

The chairman of the committee urged the state government to take over payment of core salary of the staff of the state university Keffi.

Also speaking, Zakka Yakubu, the state Accountant General said that the state government is working hard to take over the salary of the core staff of the university for improved standard of education among other sundry issues affecting the institution.

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