The Sokoto State Government is to the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto to a full-fledge University of Education.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who disclosed this on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration and 22nd convocation of the college, said the decision was based on the enviable track record of the institution.
“The college is one of the high-ranking teachers training institutions and among the largest producers of teachers in Nigeria.
“In furtherance of its upgrading, approval has been given for the construction of two-storey students’ hostels, capable of accommodating over 400 students, to address the challenges of accommodation.
“While I am happy for the progress recorded by the college over the past 50 years, I urge the leadership of this glorious institution at all levels to be more prepared to position the college for greater achievements in the 50 years ahead.”
The upgrade will make the institution is the first time a college of education would be raised to the level of a university in Northern Nigeria.
Tambuwal said his administration had embarked on extensive rehabilitation, reconstruction and building of hundreds of primary and secondary schools in the state, just as it will give more premium to the needs of its tertiary education sector.