By Stanley Onyekwere
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello rose above politics and partisanship in his quest to ensure that the FCT University of Science and Technology is established, according to thethe Acting Secretary for Education, Dr Bala Mohammed Liman.
Liman, while reacting to the Senate’s passage of the University’s Bill last week, said that the Minister applied a bipartisan approach in relating with the Senate in ensuring that the bill was passed.
He expressed confidence that the same approach will be applied in the House of Representatives as well.
The FCT Minister, according to Dr Liman has been able to strike a balance between politics and good governance in which governance takes centre stage.
According to him, the Minister has given priority to completing on-going viable projects that will be of utmost benefit to most citizens.
He noted the priority given to the completion of Abuja light rail project, roads and other infrastructural developments, including those in the education sector.
“The University, on completion will be for the benefit of Nigeria as a whole as it will be a centre of excellence for the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which he said was the panacea for the development and growth of any nation.
“The university will not only create new economic opportunities for the area in which it is situated but will also give greater opportunities to the people of the FCT to have good quality tertiary education,” he stressed.
Recall that the FCT University of Science and Technology formerly known as the Abuja University of Science Technology, Abaji (AUTA) is situated on 500 hectares of land space, in Abaji.
It was conceived in 2007 and over the years, several infrastructural facilities such as hostels, staff quarters, classrooms, laboratories and a library amongst other have been constructed in preparation for its eventual take off.