Dangote’s N200bn tech university will focus on research to stimulate Nigeria’s economic growth

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Africa’s richest man continues to widen his reach with investments in various sectors from manufacturing to oil, agriculture and now technology

Aliko Dangote, chairman of Dangote group is set to establish a world-class university of technology worth N200bn in Abuja

Julius Okojie, a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, said the foundation intends to drive technology and research in stimulating economic growth.

Okojie, who led the team to Abubakar Rasheed, current Executive Secretary of the commission, asked for the cooperation and support of the NUC towards the realisation of the goal.

Rasheed applauded the bold step while promising to offer all the needed assistance for the success of the project.

He, however, advised the team to reconsider its plan of establishing a university of technology to “a conventional university running all programmes but with a specialty in the area of technology”.

According to a National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) publication, the team, accompanied by Zouera Yousouffou, the Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, disclosed that Dangote’s desire was to float a unique university of technology with all the necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the globe.

In her remarks, Yousouffou said the foundation was ready to make the dream a reality with the sum of N200 billion already earmarked for the project.

The Massachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT) remains the best university worldwide for technological and engineering courses.

The MIT is fast driving technological advancements in the world in areas of science, nutrition, automobiles, bots, finance,  palliative medicine and a host of others.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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