Yenagoa – The National Universities
Commission (NUC), has approved the
establishment of the University of Africa
for Bayelsa, the 43rd state university in
the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by
Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press
Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor,
Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa on Saturday.
According to the statement, NUC handed
over the letter of approval to Gov. Dickson
when he visited the commission in Abuja.
It quoted Dickson as expressing gratitude
to the NUC’s Executive Secretary for the
warm reception accorded him and his
team.
“The approval of the university followed
the formal presentation of relevant
gazette law, academic brief, physical
master-plan as well as the satisfactory
report of the advisory resource
assessment visit by the commission.
Dickson explained that the University of
Africa, Toru-Orua, was conceived as a
public private partnership venture and
designed as a first rate institution of
learning to attract some of the best
teachers from Africa and the world.
He said the university would be funded by
private partners while the government
would only provide the enabling
environment for its establishment.
“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 working
with the private sector.
“It will be run on a public private
partnership (PPP), basis. Unlike the
existing one, it will not be directly funded
by the state.
“Our belief is that 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 to be
established by government with private
sector involvement.
“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 this country’’,
Dickson said.
The statement quoted Prof Julius Okojie,
NUC’s Executive Secretary, as
congratulating the state.
Okojie said the establishment of the
university took effect from July 28, having
complied with the basic requirements.
According to Okojie, the University of
Africa is 143rd in the Nigerian university
system.

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