The Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashar, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for approving the establishment of a federal university in Kebbi.
Bashar, who is also the Chairman, Kebbi Council of Chiefs, spoke on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi when Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, the Minister of Education, paid him courtesy visit.
He said the establishment was in fulfilment of the president’s campaign promise, adding that ”the fulfilment of that promise was historic.”
The emir gave an assurance that the traditional institution in the state would support the university, especially in instilling ethical and moral values in the students.
He decried poor quality teaching, especially at the primary school level, and stressed the need to emphasise quality education.
The minister had commended the emir for the interest shown in the development of education.
She said that the Federal Government earmarked N1.5 billion as initial grant to the university and another N1.1 billion budgeted for the construction of hotels.
The minister said the university would commence academic programmes next year. (NAN)