SOKOTO – Barring any unforeseen hiccups, the Zamfara State-owned university will soon commence academic activities on its permanent site at Talata Mafara.
The latest state university, which recently secured approval of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), for its establishment, would soon be erecting structures and engaging in staff development.
Hon. Isah Abdulmumin Talata Mafara, Leader of Zamfara State House of Assembly and member of the committee that midwifed the university’s establishment, dropped the cheery news while speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT in Sokoto.
Abdulmumin, who denounced criticism that the university was a misplaced priority, as the state was yet to fill it admission quota in surrounding federal universities, explained that the institution was envisioned for future development and not just a political stunt as alleged by arm chair critics.
He said: “What you are referring to as criticism cannot stop what we have started. Even though we are yet to fill our quota today in the federal universities you mentioned around us, I want to assure you that when established, Zamfara indigenous student will constitute 70-80 percent of the student population.”
Abdulmumin, representing Talata Mafara North Constituency at the State Assembly where the university would be domiciled, commended the committee’s efforts for swinging into action immediately after its inauguration by Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari.
According to him, “after the governor gave his accent to the law establishing the university, we approached the NUC and fortunately, they approved the establishment of the university.
“We also heard that the governor has approved fund for the commencement of erecting infrastructures and discussion is on-going between the committee, contractors and architects on the design of what the university infrastructure will look like.”