The National Universities Commission has approved the take-off of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Science in Umuagwo, Imo State.
The approval was given on Thursday to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, at the NUC Headquarters, Abuja, who had led other state executives to seek university status licence for the school.
The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the new university became the second university owned by the state government, having satisfied the requirements of the commission.
“In line with our rules, we shall recognise this institution because it has fufilled all the requirements. The Imo State House of Assembly has enacted a law in respect of the university, and the governor of the state has also assented to the law.
“Of all the six universities proposed to be established by the Imo State Government, the University of Agriculture and Environmental Science has all strategic documents ready and they have been presented to us. The NUC therefore recognises the existence of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Science as the 49th state university as well as the 171st university in the Nigerian university system,” Rasheed said.
The approval makes the school the 171st university in the country.
Mr. Okorocha, who has barely one month as governor, said the university became necessary due to the increasing number of university admission seekers from the state.