Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i today gave order for the reopening of closed Southern Kaduna tertiary institutions. The Governor also disclosed that the state 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.
The Governor, who received stakeholders from southern Kaduna, said that the decision is due to the marked improvement in security situation in the area. 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.
Malam el-Rufa’i said he was delighted to personally thank the stakeholders for their role in promoting peace. He also 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 are determined not to allow anyone to profit from strife. Thank you for your contributions to the steady advance of peace,” he said.
The Governor also announced that all tertiary institutions owned by the Kaduna State Government will henceforth operate a multi-campus structure. This new policy, according to him, 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,” he added.
The government reiterated a commitment to transform Kaduna State University (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 purpose-built main facility behind the NTI in Rigachikun.
Members of the delegation applauded the Governor for reopening the schools and for adopting the multi-campus structure. 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 to restore order and make a return to normalcy possible. He pledged that they will continue to support and cooperate with the government for peace and development in southern Kaduna.