Sokoto — Sokoto State Government has committed over N 8.6 billion to the first phase of the state university project located in Sokoto, the state capital. Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, Professor Gajab Von Ardo, made this known at a ceremony in Sokoto organised to receive the newly appointed pioneer vice chancellor of the university, Professor Nuhu Yakub.
Ardo stated that the amount excluded the cost of the execution of additional projects under the phase, which includes the construction of perimeter fencing and conversion of the road from the main gate to the senate building to two lanes from one.
He explained that the project also included the conversion of the senate building from a two-storey to three-storey building. According to him, the governor recently approved the construction of 70 houses for both academic and non-academic staff of the university.
Ardo maintained that the visitor to the university, Governor Aliyu Wamakko, was committed to its vision and mission of becoming a world class institution.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the new vice chancellor to move the institution forward in line with its laws, vision and mission.
The special adviser restated the determination of the state government to ensure the success of the university. He described the appointment of the Emir of Dutse in Jigawa State and Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi as Chancellor and Pro-chancellor of the university, respectively, as well deserved.
Ardo added that the appointment of Dr. Myra Gordon of the Kansas State University in the United States as consultant to the Sokoto State University was capable of making it an institution of international standing.
In his remarks, the vice chancellor commended Wamakko for the confidence reposed in him, saying, "I will not fail him and the people or the state."
He noted that the challenge now was to get the required qualified staff and standard facilities, saying these will go a long way in ensuring excellence in the university.