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Foundation to establish 1st private university in Sokoto

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Magatakarda Foundation, an NGO, is set to establish the first private university in Sokoto, also the first of its kind around Kebbi and Zamfara axis.

Its founder, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, disclosed this in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Bashir Mani, on Monday in Sokoto.

Mani said Wamakko made the declaration on Monday in Abuja, when he picked 10 copies of forms for the establishment of The North West University of Science, at the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The former governor said the idea behind the establishment of the private university was to cater for the large number of students seeking university education in Sokoto State and neighbouring states of Kebbi and Zamfara.

“I have successfully defended my PhD Thesis in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, so this is not to seek for any academic position in future, but to inspire the younger generation.

“I want to express my gratitude to the NUC for the unflinching support during my tenure in office as Sokoto State governor when I established the Sokoto State University,” he said.

Wamakko, who restated his commitment to enhancing education in his home state, said that was also what informed his policy of operating a free and compulsory education system during his two terms in office.

The statement quoted NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, as lamenting the lack of private Universities in Sokoto axis to cater for the needs of the teaming populace, who are willing to subscribe to university education.

Rasheed commended the Senator for the initiative, which he said would enhance the standard of education in the area.

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