Aliko Dangote, chairman of Dangote group and Africa’s richest man, is set to establish a world-class university of technology worth N200bn in Abuja.
Julius Okojie, a former executive secretary of the NUC and 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.’
According to a National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) publication, the team, accompanied by Zouera Yousouffou, the chief executive officer of the foundation, 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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