The National Universities Commission on Monday granted approval for the upgrading of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUTECH) by the Ogun state government.
The approval brings the number of universities owned by the state to three.
Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, granted the approval when a delegation of the state government led by the Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, visited the commission in Abuja.
He said the new university brings the number of state-owned universities in the country to 45 and 85 public university.
Prof. Rasheed added that the approval had already been communicated to relevant authorities.
The NUC boss said: “I, on behalf of the NUC, write that with effect from Monday, July 3, the MAUTECH has been recognized as the 45th state university in Nigeria and also the 85th public university.
“This university is also the 153rd in the country. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the National Youths Service Corps are being informed of the establishment of the MAUTECH, Abeokuta.
“We need to invest more in education, we are particularly happy that Moshood Abiola University of (Science and Technology) is taking off from the current polytechnic, but it will not kill it. The polytechnic will resurrect somewhere and it will come back.”
According to him, the number of universities (private and public) in the state has help positioned the state as the education capital of black Africa, expressing confidence that the new university would live up to expectations.
Prof. Rasheed, who lauded the efforts of the governor in the development of the education sector, added that Nigeria could only survive when emphasis is laid on knowledge resources instead of mineral resources.
The governor, who spoke earlier, said the state would establish a new polytechnic at Ipokia to replace Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
He added that the establishment of the new university would help address the various challenges facing Nigeria, especially in the area of technology advancement and food security.
“Let me say this university is a product of evolution, it will be built on the solid foundation of one the Nigerians leading polytechnics; the Moshhood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
“Talking about quality, the way to go is to be ready to put some money down. And that is what we are doing. We are also going to get the best brains to work in the university. If you look at the caliber of the academics in the committee that facilitated the upgrading of that polytechnic, you will be sure that we want to ensure quality.
“We have also said that the polytechnic will be rebuilt in Ipokia area of Ogun State and we have begun work on that already,” the governor said