The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has assured that the Federal University,Wukari, in Taraba would get approval for the establishment of a faculty of medicine before the end of 2020.
Rasheed disclosed this on Tuesday while inaugurating over 30 newly-constructed projects funded by TETFund and executed during the tenure of Prof. Abubakar Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor of the University.
He stressed that a team of experts from the NUC would soon embark on an assessment visit to Wukari to evaluate facilities and the level of preparedness of the institution for the take-off of the programme.
“The Vice Chancellor has been on the neck of the NUC for approval to establish the faculty of medicine, and from the number of completed projects and facilities I have seen on ground today, I am convinced that the request is genuine and on course,” he said.
The executive secretary described Kundiri as one of the best performing Vice Chancellors in Nigeria, and urged him to represent the request within the next one week as a follow-up with the NUC.
Earlier in an address of welcome, Kundiri said when he took over the university in 2016, the institution was lagging behind in infrastructure provision as well as accreditation of courses.
However, he said, about 27 of its courses had now been fully accredited.
He said he had also completed and commissioned at least 30 projects worth billions of Naira within the period of his first tenure that would end in February 2021.
The vice chancellor named some of the commissioned projects to include buildings for all faculties; academic staff offices; academic staff quarters; students hostels; university library, information and communication center; laboratories; convocation square; sports facilities; municipal facilities such water, roads, electrical and other installations among many others.
“Through the support of TETFund, we have continued to transform the face of the University toward meeting our our goals of developing to a world class University that is dedicated to meeting the human resource and research requirements of Nigeria and the global community,” he said.
He also thanked the TETFund for its various interventions such as academic staff development; research grants and conference attendance.
“These have further helped to strengthen our drive and commitment of our staff to teaching, research and community service.
“As these projects are commissioned, we assure the Executive Secretaries of NUC and TETFund as well as members of the National Assembly and other friends of the university that we will always be alive to our mandate.
Supreme reports that the NUC executive secretary was accompanied to the project inauguration by his TETFund counterpart, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Chairman of Governing Council of the University,Laurence Ngbale, Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Institutions, Alhaji Suleiman Goro, the Aku-Uka of Wukari, Dr Shekarau Angyu, among other dignitaries.