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FG injects N5bn in forensic, agric projects at Kano varsity

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Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST)

The Federal government is set to invest over N5.7 billion in infrastructure at Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shehu Alhaji Musa, who disclosed this while handing over eight completed projects sponsored by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to users at the Wudil main campus of the university, explained that the critical intervention, which would be handled by the Federal ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Defence, is aimed at enhancing academic excellence, especially in the area of food stability and intelligence gathering.

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According to the VC, the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono who is also a member of council of the university, has approved the construction of specialised crops breeding and development incubation centre worth over N2 billion in the institution. 

When completed, Prof Musa said the centre would enhance the production of technology and stimulate food security in the country.

He added that the Defence ministry has equally assented to the establishment of Centre for Forensic science and cyber studies estimated at N3 billion, where human capital on intellectual intelligence would be conceptualised.

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The VC noted that government’s intervention would not only accelerate academic and intellectual growth, but also project the institution as one of the few state universities with uncommon infrastructural architecture. 

He explained that the eight facilities being handed over for academic use would further strengthen the carrying capacity of the university.

The VC said: “The intervention would compliment over N455 million approved by the state government for the construction of deanery for the Faculty of Science and Technology Education. Let me also say that the university has secured 100 per cent accreditation of all its academic programmes. We also recently got approval to start 25 new part-time programmes, including two postgraduate programmes. 

“We have 800 students already shortlisted for various programmes although our capacity is 1,200 and that means we have more space for admission.” Prof Shehu noted.

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