…To be first Private University in S/Kaduna
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Founder of the proposed NOK University, Chief Anthony Hassan, has said that the institution, when established, will prioritize science-related courses, in order to equip graduates with self-employment.
He revealed that the university, when approved by the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, will have faculties of engineering, medicine and environmental sciences.
According to him, the initiative was to supplement government’s efforts in boosting the educational sector in the country.
“The university intends to give science-related courses priority so as to equip graduates with self-employment rather than have them depend on ‘white-collar’ jobs.”
Chief Anthony made this known when he received the new executive members of the Kaduna Correspondent Chapel on courtesy visit at the University site in Kachia.
He explained that, considering the number of people, who seek admissions yearly, the public institutions cannot accommodate all of them; hence, the idea to establish a Private University.
Speaking about southern Kaduna crises, the founder said, the media have critical roles to play on issues bordering on insecurity in the country, particularly the zone.
He emphasized that, “If the crises in Southern Kaduna are not properly reported, outsiders will perceive it as a dead zone,” which he said “on the contrary it’s not.
“There are states in the country that experience worse crisis than that of southern Kaduna, but people are given the impression that people are frequently killed, which discourages them from visiting or investing in the zone.”
He therefore advised the media to report the ongoing peaceful initiative in the zone, which he said will have positive impact on the residents.
“I have participated fully in the peace initiative process and have advised participants to convey the goodwill messages to their people. In the past, we all enjoyed peaceful co-existence, irrespective of our ethnic or religious affiliations. We can collectively make that happen again.”
The founder called on youths not to allow themselves to be used as thugs by some politicians, adding that, no society develops without peace.
On her part, chairman of the Correspondent Chapel, Asma’u Halilu, complimented the state-of-the-art project, saying, “The University is a boost to the education sector.”
She sought the support of the founder in the various activities mapped out for the chapel, especially in the areas of capacity building.
The proposed private NOK University, which is situated at Kachia, is the first in Southern Kaduna and the fourth in Northwest Nigeria.