Dangote set to establish University worth N200bn in Abuja
The President and founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has submitted a N200 billion proposal to the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to establish a world class university.
According to Premium Times, former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie is the chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university.
Mr Okojie and his team visit the current Executive Secretary of the commission, Abubakar Rasheed to plead for the cooperation and support of the NUC towards the realisation of their goal.
He said the university intends to drive technology and research to stimulate Nigeria’s economy.
Rasheed applauded the team and Dangote’s efforts, and promised to provide all the required assistance in setting-up the University.
He did, however, advise the team to reconsider setting up a university of technology, as a university running all programmes but with a specialty in technology would be more advantageous.
He asked that the team consult widely, and research universities both in the country and out.
It would give them a view to creating a university that would be different in terms of quality, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the team Zouera Yousouffou said they are ready to make their goal a reality, as N200 billion has been earmarked for the project, and the land has been acquired.