The president of Nigeria has declared that delegates would be sent to Nairobi, Kenya, to understudy its University of Cooperatives with a view in order to establish the first of its kind in Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan made this disclosure yesterday, during a meeting with the members of the Odua Cooperative Alliance (OCA) from the six southwestern states in the State House, Marina, Lagos.
Mr. Asiwaju Adetokunbo Osisanya, who is the head of the delegation, had made an appeal to the president that the federal government should establish the institution the way the Kenyan government did.
Osisanya also assured Jonathan that the group would mobilise over two million votes for the president’s re-election bid out of its six million membership strength.
Acknowledging that he heard about the existence of such an institution in the East African country for the first time, the president promised to act immediately by situating the first university in the southwest.
He said he had always believed that Nigeria needs specialised universities, which is why he was establishing a Maritime University in Delta State.
GEJ said, “On the issue you raised about a University of Cooperative, I will send a team to Kenya to go and look at the university there. They need to look at the courses they offer, the departments and how the entire institution is structured. Then we will establish our own and it will be located in the southwest.”