Dr Ayo Fasan, the Rector, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) College, Jos, says the college will soon be upgraded to the status of a university.
Fasan disclosed this in Jos on Wednesday when the Commissioner for Information, Pastor Yiljap Abraham, paid a visit to the college in continuation of his tour of media outfits in the state.
``We are waiting for the National Universities Commission (NUC) to give us full accreditation. Once that is done, we shall take-off as a full-fledged Television University.
``By the time we take-off, the NTA College will be the first Television University College in Africa,'' he said.
Fasan said that the college began with certificate courses before awarding diplomas, and later degrees in broadcasting.
He said that 1,000 students were currently undertaking various courses in the college, adding that some of the students were from other African countries.
``I expect more foreign students by the time we become a university,'' he said.
The Rector appealed to the Plateau government to assist the college with more infrastructure.
He said that the administration block, students’ hostel and lecture hall were built by the Bauchi, Delta and Osun State Governments.
Earlier, the commissioner had told the Rector that his visit was to solicit the cooperation and support of the college for policies and programmes of the state government.
He said that the state government was proud of the role the college had been playing in the production of human capital resources for the nation, and promised to work out ways to assist its growth. (NAN)