6th October, 2010
The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday granted licence of operation toÂ the Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology with a charge to set andÂ maintain academic standards.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, gave the charge in AbujaÂ while presenting the letter of recognition to Gov. Godswill Akpabio.
He urged the state government to ensure proper funding, put in place effective governingÂ council, infrastructure, adequate data and management of the institution.
Okojie stressed the need for diversity of students and officials of the university toÂ attain rapid growth and development.
â€œI urge you not to restrict the students, officials and management of the university toÂ just indigenes of the state if you intend to attain academic growth and excellence.
â€œI can assure you our services are available free of charge so that we can midwife thisÂ university to maturity,â€ he said.
Okojie commended the governor and his team for his interest in education and generalÂ development of the state.
Akpabio in his response, thanked the leadership of the NUC for its support and effortsÂ â€œto realise a noble causeâ€.
The governor said that the university would be opened to all Nigerians in spite of beingÂ a state university.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the granting of licence brings to 34 the numberÂ of state owned universities out of the 102 licensed universities in the country.