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FG to establish University of Cooperatives

He said his administration would embark on the process of establishing the specialised university in one of the states in the South Western part of…

He said his administration would embark on the process of establishing the specialised university in one of the states in the South Western part of the nation.

President Jonathan made the promise at the weekend while granting audience to members of the Oodua Cooperative Alliance from Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti and Lagos states at the State House, Marina, Lagos.

According to him, “I’ve always been of the opinion that Nigeria needs specialised universities and that is why we are establishing a Maritime University in Delta State.

“On the issue you raised about a University of Cooperatives, I will send a team to Kenya to go and look at the University and how it was been operated.

“We need to look at the courses the university offered, the departments and how the entire institution is structured. Then we will establish our own and it will be located in the South West,” he said, though he did not disclose which of the six states in the zone would benefit from the opportunity.

On the request for the institution of N200bn National Cooperative Development Fund provided in the National Cooperative Policy, Jonathan promised to ask the Central Bank of Nigeria to consider the inclusion of that in its operations.

He further promised to look into other requests made by the delegation if he was re-elected in March.

Earlier at the meeting, the leader of the Oodua Cooperative Alliance delegation, Adetokunbo Osisanya asked the government to take a cue from Kenya which already has such cooperative university.

Osisanya promised to mobilise over two million votes for the President’s re-election bid out of its alleged six million membership strength.

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