History of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State

Federal University, Kashere(FUK) was one of the new federal universities establish by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2010 to increase access and ensure equity among all the States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in terms of the presence of federal tertiary institutions.  FUK aspires to be a world class institution of higher learning which shall attract and train brilliant and talented young people from diverse backgrounds in Gombe State, Nigeria and beyond to become the leaders of tomorrow.

To this end, a memorandum was presented by the then Minster of State, Education, Olorogun Kenneth O. Gbagi to the Federal Executive Council, at its 39th Meeting held on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010, requesting for the establishment of 44 additional tertiary institutions nationwide, to address the twin challenges of access and equitable educational development of States in the Federation. Council, in its wisdom, however, approved the establishment of twelve new universities on the basis of equity and access. Nine universities were approved for immediate take-off under Phase I of this initiative.

Sequel to above approval, a twelve –member Committee, under the Chairmanship of Prof. Julius A. Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State, Education, Olorogun Kenneth O. Gbagi on Thursday, 11th November, 2010, to among other assignments, develop the modalities for the location and take-off of these universities. The report of the Technical Committee was presented to the Honourable Minister on Monday, 15th November, 2010, in compliance with the ministerial deadline for the submission of the report.

For the effective take-off of the nine universities drawn from all the geo-political zones, the Honourable Minister of Education, Pro. Ruqqayat Ahmed Rufa’I, OON accompanied by the Director (Tertiary Education), Federal Ministry of Education and the Executive Secretaries of NUC and ETF, visited the identified States. With the support of the State Governments, permanent as well as take-off sites were identified. These were subsequently approved by the Federal Executive Council. Council also approved the sum of 1.5 billion for each university to be sourced from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). FUK was one the nine universities approved for take-off under Phase I of that initiative.

Mr. President, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, in his capacity as Visitor to the nine newly established federal universities, appointed Vice –Chancellors and Registrars for the universities on 7th February, 2011. The appointees were informed of their appointments at a media press briefing by the Honourable Minister of Education, in the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday, 9th February, 2011. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Mohammed Kabiru Farouk, and the Registrar, Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Bafeto, of FUK were formally introduced to the Executive Governor of Gombe State on 1st March, 2011.

Beyond these, the university has established a warm and mutually beneficial relationship with the Gombe State Government and has already been benefiting from the assistance of the State Government; while in turn the university has agreed to establish a pre-degree programme to cater for the needs of the indigenes of the State.

Source: fukashere.edu.ng

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