In pursuance of its drive to transform the Education Sector, the Federal Government had, in 2010, approved the establishment of twelve (12) new Universities in the six geopolitical zones of the country. This was intended to open access to tertiary education for the teeming Nigerian youth. As part of effective planning, the Federal Government set up an Implementation Committee comprising of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and other relevant stakeholders. The Committee consulted widely with the respective State Governors and paid inspection visits to the proposed sites for the Universities before submitting its report on 15th November, 2010.
The implementation of the first phase of the proposal commenced in February, 2011, with the establishment of nine Universities, while the second phase involving the remaining three universities including the one in Gashua commenced on 18th February, 2013 with the appointment of pioneer Vice-Chancellor (Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman) and Registrar (Alhaji Sule Dauda)