The business educational development of Northern Nigeria took a new turn
at the weekend when the renowned businessman, Aliko DANGOTE donated a N1.2
billion ultra-modern business school edifice to the Bayero University,
Kano, (BUK), first of such in the northern part of the country.
Christened Dangote Business School, the business mogul disclosed that
talks are on to affiliate the school with the popular Havard Business
School, in the United States of America.
Speaking Group at the opening of the School at the new site of the
University, Dangote stated that no effort was spared to ensure that the
school, building get was up to international standard and one if the
biggest in the sub Sahara Africa.
Dangote said the Business School, which was commissioned by the Kano State
Governor, Abdulzhi Umar Ganduje, was conceived as part of the
contributions of the Nigerias business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote
towards encouraging world class entrepreneurship education at the highest
level in Nigeria.
He described the School as best of its kind in northern Nigeria, adding
that the School, as accredited by the Nigerian University Commission, will
be the first business school to offer Doctor of Business Administration
PhD. program in Nigeria.
The Africa richest man added that the business school would ease sharing
of business information globally and how future African leaders could
advance their businesses as well as building capacity which would
translate to boosting the continents economy.
Dangote traced the journey of the construction of the school to the days
of Prof Attahir Jigawa as the Vice Chancellor of the University when he
pleaded with him to help in the establishment of a business school that
can accelerate entrepreneurship in the country.
He said he agreed to build the edifice because of his conviction that good
quality education is the bedrock of meaningful development in the country
and only a sound mind can facilitate development.
The school. According to him, will train African Business leaders by
crying out research on how Nigerians can do business in the very
particular kind of environment and succeed.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammed Yahuza
Bello said with the new business school, the university is now poised to
serve the society better through training, research and services.
He said the university adopted the name Dangote Business School,
because the name Dangote is internationally synonymous with innovation,
entrepreneurship and successes in business and industry and pledged that
the school will live by its name and tradition.
Explaining the uniqueness of the schoolHe stated that the new structure
comprises 650 seating capacity auditorium, two theaters, four lecture
halls, two libraries, incubation center, two cafeterias, 800kva soundproof
generator and borehole among others.
In their separate remarks, Gov. Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Prof.
Hafeez Abubakar, his Jigawa State Counterpart, Gov. Muhammed Badaru
Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II showered accolades on
Alh Aliko Dangote for his several interventions in various sectors in the
State and beyond, urging other wealthy individuals to emulate.
Kano Deputy Governor, Professor Abubakar who represented Gov Ganduje said
Nigerians have a lot to learn from Alhaji Dangote whose wealth has no
influence on his humility and is ever willing to do for his immediate
environment and make the society better.
He pleaded with the University authority to grant Alhaji Dangote
opportunity to lecture once in a while in the school, even if its
interactive session because he has a lot to offer beyond available in the
text books as a successful business man.
Emir Sanusi said what Dangote has done is what he has always advocated for
other Nigerians to do and that not units Nigeria gets her education right
a lot of things may not fall in place as expected.
He expressed his appreciation to Alhaji Dangote for rising up to the
occasion each time he calls on him to do one thing or the other in the
interest of the society.
Emir Sanusi urged other well meaning Nigerians to emulate him and
contribute to the development of their society
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Author: Our Reporter