hree new tertiary institutions have been approved for Plateau state by the Federal Government, according to the state Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong.
Disclosing this recently in Jos, the state capital, the Plateau state Lalong, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving his approval for the establishment of the three new institutions of higher learning, in the state, among which are two additional Universities.
Speaking while receiving the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Jos, Lalong said investment in education amounted to investing in the social, political and economic development of the nation.
“If you invest in education, it means you are investing totally in the development of your nation,” Lalong told his guest.
“I just came back from Port Harcourt where the president performed the ground breaking of a rail line that covers many states in the North. Seven states including Plateau will benefit when it comes to establishing new tertiary institutions. Plateau got three,” the governor disclosed further.
Lalong also assured the people of the state that his administration will do everything possible to ensure that the newly-approved Federal Polytechnic, which is to be located in Shendam Local Government area of the state, takes off soon.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Echonu, said the visit was a technical mission to assess the condition of sites for the take-off of the Federal Polytechnic in Shendam.
“There is a 10-man committee that would be meeting with officials of the state government on some of the policies and logistics issues that are required, Echonu said.
“They would go to the site and assess the condition of the sites and discuss on sharing responsibilities, depending on those areas, in what we consider facilities the state government should assist in providing,” the Permanent Secretary added.
He said the assessment includes access road to the location, power supply line for electricity and access to water supply.