SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government has approved the issuance of provisional license for the establishment of Skyline university in Kano.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential Villa.
He said the application for the establishment of Skyline university has been on since last year and the National University Commission (NUC) after going through the rigorous verification of the claims as to the application, sent a recommendation to the ministry of education, which in turn presented in the request to FEC and it was approved.
According to him, while making the approval, FEC noted the following issues:”They wanted the NUC through the ministry to provide a status report to FEC on all the nation’s universities in terms of their performance, be they private, state or federal. We stressed on quality of staff on the various universities.
“And then FEC discussed the issue of school fees in the various universities and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees. And, we understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stops.
“But studies can pay other auxiliary fees but not in excess. Various university councils and management should be able to fix what fees students should pay that is affordable and acceptable to the students. That is the position. The federal government does not determine fees for private and state universities; they only take responsibility for fees paid in the federal universities.
During his briefing, the minister of state transportation, aviation, Hadi Sirika said FEC approved the procurement of equipment for the completion of control towers in some airports that included Maiduguri, Akure, Benin, Illorin, Kaduna and Ibadan.
He explained: “This particular procurement was done in 2011. From 2011, government stopped funding a particular procurement with all its importance. So, we provided for it in 2017 so that we can complete it.”Council has graciously approved to complete those control towers which will enhance communications and security of our airspace. The total value is N1.365, 364, 458.75.
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