The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of the University of Africa for Bayelsa, the 43rd state university in the country.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, disclosed this in a statement issued in Yenagoa on Saturday.
The statement said the NUC handed over the letter of approval to Governor Seriake Dickson when he visited the commission in Abuja.
The governor expressed gratitude to the NUC Executive Secretary for the warm reception accorded him and his team.
“The approval of the university followed the formal presentation of relevant gazette law, academic brief, physical master-plan as well as the satisfactory report of the advisory resource assessment visit by the commission,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Bayelsa State government as saying in the statement.
Dickson said the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, was conceived as a public private partnership venture and designed as a first rate institution of learning to attract some of the best teachers from Africa and the world.
He said the university would be funded by private partners, while the government would only provide the enabling environment for its establishment.