The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has laid the foundation for the construction of the first privately-owned university in the state.
The university, Al-Ansar University, when completed, would become the private tertiary institution in the state.
Zulum had earlier, approved the allocation of 100 hectares of land in Maiduguri to the Al-Ansar foundation, which is funding the university project.
Al-Ansar foundation was established by its President, Dr. Muhammad 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 lectures.
The governor, at the ground-breaking ceremony, ordered the construction of a 2.3km road within the university, which is in addition to the ongoing construction of a low aquifer borehole by the state government in the university site.
He said, “We are willing to support any individual or group willing to partner the state government in order to provide the much needed qualitative education to our children at all levels.”
The founder of the university, Dikwa expressed gratitude to the governor for his relentless support for the actualization of his university project.