Gombe Oil Exploration: Gov Inuwa tasks State university to introduce courses to meet emerging sector

Gov Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Emir of Gombe, Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, Minister of Transport, Senator Saidu Alkali and other dignitaries at the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Convocation ceremony of Gombe State University (GSU).

By Williams Ago, Gombe

Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has tasked the authorities of the State owned University to introduce new programmes that will meet the skill requirements in the emerging oil sector.

This, the Governor said, was in recognition of the commencement of oil exploration taking place in Kolmani, Akko Local Government Area of the State.

He gave the charge on Saturday, while speaking at the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th combined convocation ceremony of the Gombe State University (GSU) held at the institution's complex. 

He said, "With the commencement of oil exploration in Kolmani, the industrial transformation of Gombe State through the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park, and our investment drive across many areas, there is the need for the university to introduce new programs in order to meet the skill requirements in those emerging sectors”.

He however emphasized that his administration is fully aware of the challenges being faced by the University, particularly in terms of funding as it seeks to expand its current infrastructure to accommodate the growing demands for higher education and the introduction of new programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Governor Inuwa, who is also the visitor to the university, assured that his administration will continue to support GSU into a reference point centre for learning and a source of pride to the people of Gombe State and Nigeria at large.

In his address, Vice-Chancellor of the Gombe State University, (GSU), Professor Aliyu Usman El-Nafaty, said the university which commenced with only three Faculties (Arts and Social Science, Education as well as Sciences) in 2005, now has eight facilities, a college of Medical Sciences and a satellite campus in Dukku, expected to commence soon.

"We have fourty (40) undergraduate and sixty-eight (68) postgraduate programmes, all of which has full accreditation statuses from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

"Meanwhile, the University has expanded it's academic spheres with the addition of thirteen (13) undergraduate and thirty-one (31) postgraduate programmes slated to commence full academic activities from the next academic session 2023/24.

"This is to further give our prospective students a wide of courses of study to choose from. We are not only notably great in size now, but also in quality", the VC boasted.
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