Dangote, has set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class
university in Abuja.
According to PREMIUM TIMES the proposal has since been delivered to the National Universities Commission, NUC.
A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the
chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university,
said the foundation intends to drive technology and research in
stimulating economic growth.
Mr Okojie, who led his team to the current Executive Secretary of the
commission, Abubakar Rasheed, said the proposed university is meant to
be technology-driven and asked for the cooperation and support of the
NUC towards the realisation of the goal.
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 Mr. Dangote’s
desire was to float a unique university of technology with all the
necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the globe.
Mr. Rasheed, who applauded the bold step, promised 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 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
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
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.