NUC Approves University Of Africa For Bayelsa As 43rd State University

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The National University Commission
(NUC) has approved the University of
Africa as the 43rd state university in
the country.
The National University Commission
(NUC) has approved the University of Africa as the 43rd state university in
the country.
Its approval followed the formal
presentation of the relevant gazette
law, academic brief and physical
masterplan as well as the satisfactory report of the advisory resource
assessment visit by the commission.
The University of Africa is an initiative
of the Bayelsa State Government,
which will, however, run as a Public
Private Partnership (PPP), since the state government will only provide the
enabling environment, while the
financing would come from the private
sector.
Giving the nod, through a letter dated
28 of July 2016, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor
Julius Okojie, while congratulating the
state government, noted that, the
establishment of the university took
effect from the 28th of July, having
complied with the basic requirements. According to Okojie, the University of
Africa is also the 143rd in the Nigerian
university system.
In a statement by the Chief Press
Secretary to the Bayelsa State
Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, yesterday and made available to the
press, Governor Seriake Dickson had
led a delegation of top government
officials to the office of the commission
in Abuja and were received by
executive secretary, who briefed the governor on the latest development
and the approval of the university.
The statement disclosed that, Okojie
handed over the letter of approval to
Dickson during the visit, as he also
commended him for the initiative. In his remarks, Dickson, while
thanking the NUC Executive Secretary
for the warm reception accorded him
and his team, explained that, the
University of Africa, Toru-Orua was
conceived as a public private partnership and it is designed as a first
rate institution of learning that will also
attract some of the best teachers from
Africa and the world.
He said the university will be funded
by its partners and the government would only provide the enabling
environment for its establishment.
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive said,
there is need for more private
universities to be established and they
must be fee paying, pointing out that, it is the only way to make funding of
tertiary institutions viable and
sustainable.
His words “I am here leading this small
delegation to present to you these
laws passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, establishing a new
university that we want to bring about
working with the private sector. It will
be run on a PPP basis.
It is a University unlike the existing
one, it will not be directly funded by the state. Our belief is that moving
forward for a university to be
sustainable, we must create room for
private sector participation and
involvement.
The University of Africa, Toru-Orua, is the first of its kind in this country, that
is established by government with
private sector involvement and it will
be strictly a fee paying tertiary
institution that will attract students
from across the continent and the globe. It will be the model as we
encourage more private universities in
the country”