Kaduna State Government Orders Re-Opening of Tertiary Institution in Southern Kaduna

The Kaduna State government has today order the reopening of tertiary institutions in southern Kaduna, announces multi-campus policy.

The Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai announce today as he received stakeholders from southern Kaduna.

The order was contained in a press released signed by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Kaduna State governor on Media and Publicity.

“Due to the marked improvement in the security situation, the government has decided to reopen all tertiary Institutions in southern Kaduna.

“The government has decided to adopt a multi-campus structure for all its tertiary institutions, a decision that will assign at least one tertiary institution to every local government area in the state.”

The Governor also gratefully acknowledged that several persons invested their time, connection and resources in the cause of peace.

“I salute you for helping to uphold a common humanity, for keeping the voice of reason alive. It is voices like yours that are helping to anchor peace, upsetting the designs of people who think that a relentless focus on ethnicity and religion is the best way to advance their personal agenda. We determined not to allow anyone to profit from strife. Thank you for your contributions to the steady advance of peace.”

The Governor also announced that all tertiary institutions owned by the Kaduna State Government will henceforth operate a multi-campus structure.

This new policy, as he said, has been approved by the State Executives Council as a means to further expand access to higher education, make accreditation of courses more cost effective and respond concretely to the desire by several communities to host tertiary institutions.

The government also explained that a multi-campus structure will help to make the state’s tertiary institutions more inclusive and expand the range courses that students can study by making most courses available in all campuses.

“Memo presented to the State Executive Council indicates that the government hopes that the various campuses spread across the state can over time evolve into fully-fledged university in their own right. That is how the campuses of the University of California system and those of the University of London have evolved.

“This multi-campus policy will be implemented in a way that assigns at least one tertiary institution to each of the 23 local government areas. The laws of some of our institutions are already been amended to reflect this.”

The government reiterated a commitment to transform KASU into a world-class university in the long-term. Part of the transition to a multi-campus structure entails moving the main campus of KASU itself to be a purpose-built main facility behind the NTI in Rigachikun.

Member of the delegation that include Air Commodore E.K Jekada and the Catholic Bishop of Zaria, Bishop George Dodo applauded the governor for reopening the schools.

Bishop Dodo said that it is clear that the government has good intentions, and is doing a lot, but he urged more efforts at communicating what is being done.

Air Commodore Jekada expressed appreciation to security agencies and the state government for working restores order and makes a return to normalcy possible. He pledged that they will continue to support and cooperate with the government for peace and developmentin southern Kaduna.



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