The Niger State government has spent the sum of N1.8 billion on hostel accommodation, blocks of classrooms and enhanced the accreditation of its 10 tertiary schools.
The commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mohammed Baba Adamu, disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Minna, the state capital.
Adamu said that the 10 state-owned tertiary institutions of learning have received the needed support of Governor Abubakar Sani Bell led-administration.
He said that the government through its agenda of qualitative tertiary education which has expended huge funds to improve the infrastructure in the tertiary institutions and awarded scholarships to 72 students to study abroad.
The commissioner explained that the state government has ensured that accreditation are conducted in the tertiary institution for the recognition of their programmes, courses and certificates by the regulatory bodies and lauded Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TERTFund) for complementing the government’s efforts in improving infrastructure in the schools.
He disclosed that the government built five numbers of classrooms as well as bought journals and textbooks for Justice Fati Lami Abubakar Institute of Arts and Legal Studies while two blocks of a female hostel was built.
At Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, the commissioner said that the government provided it with a standby generating set to improve power supply and also built two blocks of male and female hostels.
Adamu said that the government recently sponsored 20 students to Sudan while a total of 72 students are studying courses not available in Nigeria abroad.