By Samson Yaki

The first and long awaited Private University in Southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, Sherah Hassan University, Kachia, which will soon come on stream. Proprietor of the University, Chief Tony Hassan, has disclosed, saying the University will focus basically on Medical Studies, among other programs.

The Proprietor of the University, Chief Tony Hassan, made the disclosure while conducting newsmen round the structures being constructed in the institution recently.

Hassan said that focusing on the medical courses was to mitigate the shortage of medical personnel in the area and Nigeria in general.

It would be recalled that Bishop Mathew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church had recently presented a bid document for the establishment of the institution to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja.

The document had contained its master plan, academic brief, soil investigation reports as well as the environmental impact assessment of the proposed university.

Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of NUC, who received the document, said the commission would continue to encourage all well-meaning northerners to give back to society by investing in education sector.

Rasheed said that the North-East and North-West regions had only five private universities out of the total 79 in the country.

“The proposed Sherah Hassan University, Kachia, is not only the first private university in the south of Kaduna, but the first indigenous university in the region,” the NUC boss observed, pointing out, however that building a university was not a profit-making venture.

“It is a social investment that must be seen as an opportunity to invest in the development of the minds of people,” Rasheed had said.

Hassan, who said that he embarked on the university project to serve humanity, observed that slots for youths seeking medical courses were usually very limited in the tertiary institutions.

“Our youths have very often complained of inability to secure slots to read courses like medicine, pharmacy, nursing, anatomy, physiology and laboratory sciences.

“The university will seek to offer such opportunities; we hope to offer quality programmes and encourage graduates to offer their services to the nation so as to mitigate the shortage of medical personnel both in the rural and urban settlements,” he said.

Hassan, a retired director in the federal civil service, hinted of plans to collaborate with foreign partners toward establishing a world-class medical school.

“Let me tell you something. As soon as the news filtered that a university was to be set up, I received so many calls from professors teaching in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, among others.

“A Turkish Hospital has even offered to build 100-bed hospital to serve the needs of the new university.

“We intend to build a modern Faculty of Medical Sciences. But at this stage, we are ensuring putting the right things on ground before going into collaboration with others.

“There is need to reach a particular level before collaborations for maximum impacts. We are also building an e-library and, when completed, foreign universities are also to key in,” he said.

He said that all that the institution required was being put in place.

“By the time we get the basic things done, then we are ready to fly.

“If you go to the National Universities Commission, the minimum land requirement is 100 hectares, but we have at present 250 hectares for the university.

“Some people say that since our people are mostly engaged in Agriculture, we should have started with the Faculty of Agriculture. Our intention here is that we need to address certain crucial needs and, thereafter, move to other sectors,” he said.

Hassan also spoke on the dearth of development projects in the southern part of Kaduna State.

“Nobody will come and develop Southern Kaduna for us; we are the ones to do it.

“We must collaborate across ethnic and religious divide with the deliberate intention to develop our area. In as much as I do things to serve people, as a financial expert, I must justify all actions.”

He also reacted to rumours that he was interested in contesting the area’s Senate seat in 2023. He said, “I have no business in expressing interest in the Senate if those who are presently there are ready to listen to advice”.

“You will agree with me that we have had poor quality of representation politically. There is need to stand up for quality representation. We are having problem today because those we elected as leaders are not performing what is expected of them. We need to rally together and work towards the common cause anchored on humanity and development,” he said.

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