Akwa Ibom Vasity Gets NUC's Nod

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday granted licence of operation to  the Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology with a charge to set and  maintain academic standards.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, gave the charge in Abuja  while presenting the letter of recognition to Gov. Godswill Akpabio.

He urged the state government to ensure proper funding, put in place effective governing  council, infrastructure, adequate data and management of the institution.

Okojie stressed the need for diversity of students and officials of the university to  attain rapid growth and development.

“I urge you not to restrict the students, officials and management of the university to  just indigenes of the state if you intend to attain academic growth and excellence.

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“I can assure you our services are available free of charge so that we can midwife this  university to maturity,” he said.

Okojie commended the governor and his team for his interest in education and general  development of the state.

Akpabio in his response, thanked the leadership of the NUC for its support and efforts  “to realise a noble cause”.

The governor said that the university would be opened to all Nigerians in spite of being  a state university.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the granting of licence brings to 34 the number  of state owned universities out of the 102 licensed universities in the country.