The National Universities Commission yesterday granted approval for the upgrading of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUTECH).
The approval brings the number of universities owned by Ogun State to three.
Executive Secretary of NUC Prof. Abubakar Rasheed granted the approval when a delegation of the led by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, visited the Commission in Abuja.
He said the new university brings the number of state-owned universities to 45 and 85 public universities.
Rasheed added that the approval had already been communicated to relevant authorities.
The NUC boss said: “I, on behalf of the NUC, write that with effect from Monday, July 3, the MAUTECH has been recognised as the 45th state university in Nigeria and also the 85th public university.
“This university is also the 153rd in the country. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the National Youths Service Corps are being informed of the establishment of the MAUTECH, Abeokuta.
“We need to invest more in education. We are particularly happy that Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology is taking off from the current Polytechnic, but it will not kill it. The polytechnic will resurrect somewhere and it will come back.”
According to him, the number of universities (private and public) in the state has help positioned the state as the education capital of black Africa.
He was confident that the new university would live up to expectations.
The governor, who spoke earlier, said the state would establish a new polytechnic at Ipokia to replace Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
He added that the establishment of the new university would help address the various challenges facing Nigeria.