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FG gives N18b to nine new Universities
The Federal Government at the weekend said its has released N18 billion for the newly established nine federal universities in the country, with each institution getting N2 billion for equipment purchase, infrastructural development, among other necessary facilities.
Disclosing this shortly after inspecting facilities of thr Federal University, Dutsinma, in Katsina State, the Education Minister, Prof Ruquayyatu Rufai, said the amount is in addition to N1.5 billion already released for the
establishment of the universities.
According to her, the amount so far released would facilitate commencement of academic activities in the new universities, even as she added that the Federal University Dutsinma will soon begin academic activities.
While expressing satisfaction at the facilities in the school, the minister commended the state government for its financial assistance to the institu-tion and assured that efforts would be intensified to ensure smooth running of the new universities across the country.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof James Ayatse,
said no less than 432 students have so far been given admission to study various courses in the university.
Prof Ayatse said that all things being equal, the university would com-mence academic activities from July 9 this year as most of the facilities, in-cluding classrooms, labo-ratories, hostels, and so on were either completed or are at advanced stages of completion.