The National Universities Commission has granted approval for establishment of Gombe State University of Science and Technology as the 154th university in Nigeria.
The approval for the state-owned institution was granted on Thursday in Abuja.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, announced the approval during a meeting with the governor of the state, Ibrahim Dankwambo, and his technical committee.
According to Mr. Rasheed, the University becomes the 46th state-owned university and 154th in Nigeria.
The north-east state also owns Gombe State University.
He said NUC was not worried about proliferation of universities in Nigeria, saying there is a dire need for more.
According to him, there are 153 universities in Nigeria, 40 are owned by the federal government, including the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and Police Academy in Kano.
The executive secretary said Nigeria will not achieve a knowledge-based economy without huge investment in education.
“More than 1.5 million candidates write JAMB every year to get admission into the University but Nigeria universities can only admit less than a million. So every year, youth are frustrated because they cannot get admitted into the University,” he said.
“NUC welcomes anyone that wants to establish a university in order to assist our population. But we do not compromise on standard. We have sent seven proposals for private universities to the Minister of Education.”
He said JAMB, TETFUND and NYSC had been informed of the creation of the university.
In his remarks, Mr. Dankwambo said the emergence of the new university will not affect the development of the existing state university.
He noted that a lasting solution to insurgency rampaging the area is learning.
“Most internally-displaced persons have relocated to Gombe State and experts have proffer a lasting solution to insurgency and it is learning.”
According to him, 150 hectares of land has been set aside for Gombe state university science and technology.
“We are ready for the project and by January, faculty of medicine and pharmacy will be functioning properly” the governor concluded.
Gombe State University of Science and Technology is the 86th public university in Nigeria.