Awka-Private universities are the way forward for educational development in Nigeria, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba, says.

There is need more than ever before for more of such institutions in Anambra State, just as it is obtainable in America,” Adinuba said during a courtesy visit of staff members of newly established Legacy University, Okija.

According to him states like Ogun, have more private universities than other states in Nigeria.

Mr Adinuba noted that the atmosphere of security currently existing in Anambra had made it possible for the university to be established in the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State desires more private universities to be established in Anambra, as it is the way to go,” Adinuba said.

But they need to be research-oriented institutions that will aim at contributing to political, social and economic development of the state.”

He emphasised that universities in the country should teach courses outside the National Universities Commission (NUC) curricular in order to be able to tackle current National challenges.

The commissioner urged them to embrace culture of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and to forge partnership with foreign-based universities in order to attain greater heights.

Pro-Chancellor of the university, Dr Leonard Nkameme explained that the purpose of their visit was to inform him that university had secured approval to operate.

Of the eight newly approved universities in the country, three are from South East and we are lucky to have one in Anambra State in Legacy University, Okija.

Legacy University has a very strong Mass Communication Department which is well positioned to train graduates for the information ministry as well as partner them in the dissemination of information on activities in the state,” Nkameme said.

He pleaded with Government to refurbish the dilapidated access road into the premises of the university.

Nkameme called Government’s attention to the institution’s lack of hostels, modern libraries, staff quarters and equipped laboratories.

Mr Dike Duruoha, member of the delegation commended the commissioner for his warm reception, stressing the need for rehabilitation of access road into the university.

Source: Anambra State Government