The National Universities Commission (NUC), said it has approved the establishment of the University of Africa in Bayelsa State, the 43rd state university in the country.
Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, The Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, made this known in a statement issued in the state capital on Saturday.
NUC handed over the letter of approval to Gov. Seriake Dickson when he visited the commission in Abuja, the statement said.
Gov Dickson however, expressed gratitude to the NUC’s Executive Secretary for the warm reception he and his team received when they visited the commission in Abuja.
“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 governor said in the statement
“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.
Credit: information Nigeria