Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has pledged to support collaboration between the state owned university in Keffi and the Islamic University, in Uganda.
Engineer Sule made the pledge when he hosted the Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University in Uganda, Professor Isma’il Gyagenda, at the Government House, on Monday.
The Vice Chancellor of the IUIU was accompanied on the visit by a member of the council of the university from Africa and Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr Shehu Usman Chindo Yamusa III, among others.
While commending the existing collaboration between the two institutions, especially the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) three years ago, the governor noted that the MoU was a huge achievement for Nasarawa State.
He explained that, his administration from inception, has committed to supporting the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), because of the significance the government attaches to education.
Engineer Sule urged the management of the IUIU to include the two new faculties of health sciences and engineering in NSUK, as part of the collaboration.
He commended the IUIU for finding the Emir of Keffi worthy of appointment into the council of the university, recalling the feats achieved by the royal father when he was Chancellor of the state owned university.
The governor specifically thanked the royal father for doing the state proud, as well as for attracting the collaboration with the IUIU.
He pointed out that already, the NSUK has entered into fruitful relationships with Poland and Italy, which saw to the institution recieving support in the area of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
“The university is on the right path and I want to do anything possible to support the university,” he stated.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the IUIU, Professor Isma’il Gyagenda, said he was in the state, to bring to effect the collaboration existing between his institution and the Nasarawa State University Keffi.
The IUIU VC promised to establish a strong relationship with Nasarawa State, as well as link the IUIU with NSUK.
He disclosed that, the IUIU established 33 years ago, has grown into a strong institution, with over 10, 200 students, having risen from having only two faculties, to now having 7 faculties, including the faculty of health sciences that trains doctors, nurses and midwives.
Prof. Gyagenda said he was in the state to further consolidate and actualize the MoU signed between the IUIU and NSUK, which will lead to further collaboration on teaching, sending professors on sabbatical, as well as the training of the youth for them to be fully equipped to meet up with the demands of a modern society.
Speaking also, the Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr Shehu Usman Chindo Yamusa III, said the MoU between NSUK and IUIU was signed three years ago, because the Islamic University in Uganda, established over 33 years ago, has the experience that can benefit NSUK.
He disclosed that, the VC of the IUIU is in Nigeria on official visit, as well as to see to the implementation of the MoU with NSUK, in the area of student exchange, research and any other aspect that will bring development within NSUK and IUIU.
The IUIU was established in 1988 by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).