Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday laid the foundation for the construction of Al-Ansar University which is expected to be the first private university and tertiary institution in the state.
Zulum had, months back, approved the allocation of 100 hectares of land in Maiduguri, to Al-Ansar Foundation, which is funding the university project, at a site along the Gubio Road in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Al-Ansar Foundation was established by its president, Dr Muhammad Kyari Dikwa, a retired federal permanent secretary and philanthropist.
The university is taking off with two colleges in addition to other landmark structures necessary for administration and lecturing purposes.
Zulum, in his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, ordered construction of a 2.3km road within the university in addition to the ongoing construction of low aquifer borehole by the Borno State Government at the university site.
The governor also directed the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to liase with the founder of the university to see how the state government would further support the implementation of the laudable project.
Zulum promised similar support for anyone desirous of making investments in Borno, particularly on education.
“We are very much willing support any individual or group willing to partner with the state government in order to provide the much needed qualitative education to our children at all levels.” Zulum said.
On his part, the president of Al-Ansar and founder of the university, Dikwa, expressed gratitude to Governor Zulum for his continuous support for the actualization of his university project.
Dikwa stated: “Let me start by expressing our sincere appreciation to the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, for his show of love and concern to the Al-ansar Foundation since its inception.
“The foundation is happy and proud to identify with this kind hearted man, selfless leader, a man of peace and compassion, the man that history has already revealed, a charismatic politician, academician and a great leader whose actions has already inspired the youth, women, vulnerable and impacted positively to the lives of people of Borno State and beyond”.