The Honourable Minister of Education,
Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, OON,
has reiterated Government’s determination
to make universities relevant and
responsive to the needs of their immediate
environments.
She said this on Thursday, 2 August, 2012,
during a visit of the Ministerial
Implementation Committee (MIC) for the
nine new Federal universities, to the Federal
University, Otuoke (FUO), Bayelsa State.
Government, she said, planned to ensure
that the peculiar needs of the host
communities are met by the various
universities.
The Federal University Otuoke, situated in
an area of the Niger Delta, characterised by
wetlands and rich in crude oil, with
potentials for natural gas, she emphasised,
is naturally expected to become a
Centre of Excellence (CoEx) that would
address the various environmental issues in
the region,
thus improving the lot of the local people in
particular, and the nation in general.
The Minister noted that with the
establishment of a Federal University at
Otuoke, the town has been transformed and
it is bringing development closer to the
people, adding that the unique
environmental and climatic challenges faced
by the University, mainly water logging,
had slowed down the pace of
infrastructural development on the campus.
She commended the Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Mobolaji Aluko for tackling the
challenges and for the remarkable progress
the University had made.

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