The executive governor of Gombe State, Alh Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has said the establishment of new University of Science and Technology in the state was compelled by the activities of insurgency in the North East which has become necessary to provide opportunity for the Internally displaced Persons IDPs as most of them are permanently relocated to Gombe.
Dankwambo stated this in Abuja while receiving certificate of
recognition of the university at the National universities Commission, NUC headquarters.
The governor stressed that due to the problem of inadequate and
carrying capacity of higher education, majority of youths are not
being absorb into the higher institutions, citing the case of Gombe
“In 2014, the Gombe state university received 7189 applicants but only admitted 2129, in 2015, it received 8403 applications but admitted only 2827, in 2016 academic year, the number of applicants increased to 10,387 but the university could maximally admit only 3500.”
He further noted that the state is transforming agriculture,
encouraging mining and mineral development, expanding on hospitality industry, encouraging entrepreneur development and proving massive development in infrastructure facilities that
require science andtechnology graduate to manage them.
Earlier speaking, the executive secretary of NUC, Pro Abubakar Adamu Rasheed stressed the need to create more universities to accommodate the rapid growing population.
“We are also concern about the dare need of more universities. Over
1.5 million write JAMB with intention of getting admission into the
universities, yet the capacity of Nigeria universities can only
accommodate about half a million,” he said.
He further said with the approval of Gombe State university of Science and Technology, the number of universities in the country has now risen from previous 153 to 154.