By Bukar Bolori
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of the first privately owned university in the state.
The university, Al-Ansar University, also on completion becomes the premier 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 Gubio road in the Borno capital, Maiduguri.
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 remark at the ground breaking ceremony, ordered construction of 2.3km road within the university, in addition to ongoing construction of low aquifer borehole by the Borno State Government in 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 Borno State Government will further support the implementation of the laudable project.
Zulum promised similar support for anyone desirous of making investments in Borno, particularly in education.
He said: “We are very much willing to 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.”
On his part, President of Al-Ansar and founder of the university, Dikwa expressed gratitude to the governor for his relentless support for the actualization of his university project.
He said: “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