El-Rufai orders reopening of tertiary institutions in Southern Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the opening of all tertiary institutions in Southern Kaduna.

The governor announced that due to the improvement in the security situation, the government has decided to reopen the schools.

Malam Nasir El-Rufai also disclosed that the state government has decided to adopt a multi-campus structure for all its tertiary institutions, a decision that would assign at least one tertiary institution to every local government area.

The governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan in a statement noted that El-Rufai spoke on Tuesday when he received stakeholders from southern Kaduna.

He thanked the delegation, which included Air Commodore E.K. Jekada and Bishop George Dodo, Catholic Bishop of Zaria, for helping to stabilize and restore peace in the affected local government areas.

“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 are determined not to allow anyone to profit from strife. Thank you for your contributions to the steady advance of peace.”

On the multi-campus structure, Eli-Rufai said: “This new policy has been approved by the State Executive 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 explained that a multi-campus structure will help to make the state’s tertiary institutions more inclusive and expand the range of 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 universities 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 a be purpose-built main facility behind the NTI in Rigachikun.”

Members of the delegation applauded the governor for reopening schools and for adopting the multi-campus structure.

Air Commodore Jekada expressed appreciation to security agencies and the state government for working to restore order.

He pledged that they will continue to support and cooperate with the government for peace and development in southern Kaduna.

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