The President and founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote is fixed on establishing a N 200 billion world-class university in Abuja, the country’s capital.
The proposal has been submitted to the National Universities Commissions as stated by Law. The Law stipulates that an individual or association of individuals who are Nigerian citizens can establish an Institution of Higher Education provided they satisfy the necessary criteria.
This application for creating a University according to the Law has to be sent to the Minister of Education through the National Universities Commission. According to a Former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is currently the chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, the foundation proposes to drive technology and research in stimulating economic growth.
While this is very laudable since the recognition of private ownerships of educational institutions was a ploy to help towards salvaging the educational sector’s problem. In the face of the deterioration of citadels of learning, with the students’ unrest, teacher strikes and other industrial actions are the banes of Nigeria’s educational woes.
Yet, Private Higher Educational Institutions must ensure that all individuals have access to quality and appropriate educational opportunities.
The dream reality of using the sum of N200 Billion in creating a unique university with all the necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the goal. The technology driven university if it’s only for the elites should create avenues like scholarships and research grants for many who want to be among the privileged few.
We join hands in Chief Executive of the Foundation, Zouera Yousouffou and others as they secure a landed purchase and preliminary measures for its headquarters in the nation’s capital city of Abuja, the cooperation and support of the NUC to make the proposal passage a smooth sail.