Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa state governor, on Monday gave an assurance that the newly established University of Africa, Toru Orua would commence undergraduate programmes by September.


Dickson spoke with journalists during an unscheduled inspection visit to the permanent site of the university at Toru-Orua in Sagbama LGA of the state.

The university is promoted by Bayelsa government under a public/private partnership arrangement with investors.

Dickson, accompanied by former deputy governor of Sokoto state, Muktar Shagari and former house of representatives member, Abba Lawan, expressed satisfaction with the quality and level of construction work going on at the site.


He noted with delight that the hostel blocks were almost completed to enable the government achieve its target of flagging off the undergraduate programme with over a thousand students.

The governor said the dream of the state government was to provide a world-class university to absorb students that would be produced from the 15 newly inaugurated model boarding secondary schools.

He expressed gratitude to the host communities and people of the state for their understanding and cooperation.


Dickson said that that the school of foundation studies, which had already taken off at Bulou-Orua community with 500 students, was doing well.

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