The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday, November 10 granted approval and recognition for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology, (CUSTECH) Osara, Kogi state. CUSTECH is the latest addition to the list of state-owned universities in Nigeria, making it the 50th in the country. Speaking while reading out the letter of recognition for the institution’s establishment, the executive secretary of the commission, Professor Adamu Abubakar Rasheed noted that the newly recognized state university would have the maximum support of the commission. He enjoined the state government to take full advantage of both professional and technical advice that the commission statutorily provides for the establishment, funding, and operation of the university. He added that all other supporting agencies including Tertiary Education Trust FUND, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been notified. Professor Rasheed lauded the effort of the Kogi state government towards investing in education, noting that such drive remained the best approach in adding value to the lives of its citizens. Earlier in his address, Governor Yahaya Bello noted that the future of the country would be driven by science and technology, hence the recognition by Kogi to establish an institution of learning that would help utilize the state and nation’s resources for its ultimate benefits. The governor assured that the institution would be of international standard in the quality of its staffers, students, and the learning environment, adding that it would focus on functional education. He pointed out that the nation and even the state are blessed with numerous resources required for the establishment of such an institution which he noted would promote local manufacturing and reduce dependence on importation. Governor Bello revealed the state’s readiness to commence activities ranging from the establishment of the institution which was introduced through an executive bill to the state House of Assembly which has been signed into law. He also notified that the state was already funding the institution’s account while they were sourcing for other avenues for the running of its operation in the nearest future. Professor Bogoro who received Governor Bello in his office on Tuesday, September 22 stated that the efforts of the Kogi government in establishing a specialised university in the state was a laudable one. He assured the governor that the agency will give maximum support to the new university while noting that TETFUND core objective of providing funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments across the country is still very much intact.