Dangote Plans N200 Billion Technology Varsity for Abuja

The President and Founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class university in Abuja.
Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Julius Okojie, who is chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, said the foundation intends to drive technology and research in stimulating economic growth.

Okojie, who led the team to Abubakar Rasheed, current executive secretary of the commission, asked for the cooperation and support of the NUC towards the realisation of the goal.
Rasheed applauded the bold step while promising to offer all the needed assistance for the success of the project.
He however, advised the team to reconsider its plan of establishing a university of technology to ‘a conventional university running all programmes but with a 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.

According to a National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, publication, the team, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the foundation, Zouera Yousouffou, disclosed that Dangote's desire was to float a unique university of technology with all the necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the globe.
In her remarks, Yousouffou said the foundation was ready to make the dream a reality with the sum of N200 billion already earmarked for the project.


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