Thursday, 24 August 2017

Dangote To Establish University In Abuja

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The President and organizer of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has put aside N200 billion to set up a world-class college in Abuja. 


PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the proposition has since been conveyed to the National Universities Commission, NUC. 

A previous Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the director of the specialized group for the foundation of the college, said the establishment plans to drive innovation and research in fortifying monetary development. 

Mr Okojie, who drove his group to the present Executive Secretary of the commission, Abubakar Rasheed, said the proposed college is intended to be innovation driven and requested the participation and support of the NUC towards the acknowledgment of the objective. 

As per a National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, production, the group, joined by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the establishment, Zouera Yousouffou, revealed that Mr. Dangote's want was to drift an exceptional college of innovation with all the vital framework and best employees from over the globe. 

Mr. Rasheed, who cheered the strong stride, guaranteed to offer all the required help for the achievement of the venture.
He, however, advised the team to reconsider its plan of establishing a university of technology to ‘a conventional university running all programmes but with specialty in the area of technology.’
The executive secretary, who underscored the advantages of the conventional university over the special one, said with the countless impacts on society by the business mogul, the project would be a success.
He asked the team to consult widely and look at the universities in Nigeria and abroad with a view to creating a unique university that would be different in terms of quality in all its operations.
In her remarks, Mrs. Yousouffou said the foundation was ready to make the dream a reality with the sum of N200 billion already earmarked for the project.
She said the land was purchased and preliminary measures were in place for the headquarters of the university at the nation’s capital city of Abuja.
Mr. Dangote is a Nigerian mega-entrepreneur cum billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in diverse commodities.
The company with massive business tentacles operates principally in Nigeria but has corporate interests in other African countries.

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