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Bayelsa State gets Approval For Establishment of New University



Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

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 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,” the statement read.

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 will 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 Professor 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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  1. FasholasLover

    July 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Mtsheeeew. Politicians! Is a Uni’ Bayelsa’s priority at this time? What state is the NDU? This idiot is one of those who chopped money meant for the development of Bayelsa State. If not for God and unwavering love, GEJ would hv bn a pariah in Bayelsa by now. Bloody orangutan.

    • Mr. Egghead

      July 30, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Initially I was mad, then I read that the uni would be privately funded.
      As long as they are not using state or federal funds, let them do whatever they want to do

    • Oversabi

      July 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      But the existing one is yet to be a world or even national class institution. Just say you want to award contracts and grow a construction business. #tiredofobviouslies

  2. artklub

    July 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    when i look at this man’s face. what do i see? 🙁

    • Anon

      July 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Plenty money. Stolen wealth. LOL!

  3. Miss Anonymous

    July 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    @ BN it’s “establishment”

    • ATL's finest

      July 31, 2016 at 5:22 am

      @ Miss Anonymous ( the grammarian) Thank U so kindly on behalf of BN :).

  4. I no send

    July 31, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Meanwhile staff in the other uni there are no paid regularly..instead of declaring state of emergency on our tertiaryy institutions..we behave like mindless morons..i am tired abeg..orangutan will done o.

  5. Sammie

    July 31, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    We don’t need more Universities. This is just a waste of funds. The state house of Assembely is meant to check the excesses of the Governors in their state!

    Did they have any meaningful debate on this matter.? If democracy isn’t working, shouldn’t we adopt a governance model in which we can run our country?

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