Abdullahi Adamu.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has received commendations for establishing the Phoenix University in Agwada community of Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Phoenix University, according to Adamu who is a former governor of Nasarawa State, was established to assist parents and guardians in rural areas to get cheap and affordable education for their children and wards.

The APC former National Chairman disclosed this in Agwada on Wednesday 7th February, when traditional rural from the Western Senatorial District of the state went on an inspection tour at the university.

He said, “The establishment of Phoenix University is not aimed at making money, but to ease transportation problems facing the less-privileged ones in the society. The location of the university was deliberate. It is to create opportunities for the rural dwellers who have been finding it difficult to acquire western eduction.

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“My father was born here in Agwada, and through the instrumentality of administration, he was taken to Keffi where he acquired education. He married my mother and gave birth to me. I did not know Agwada until I was 17 years old. My father later returned here (Agwada) to work because no teacher could stay due to how primitive the place was.”

“The establishment of the university is not just in memory of my father but also to give these children (in rural communities) the opportunity to come and learn.”

While appreciating the royal fathers for finding time to come and inspect the facilities of the university, Adamu added that the institution was built in the locality to enable students concentrate on their studies as the environment is devoid of all forms of social distractions.

On his part, the emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Yamusa III who led the delegation of traditional rulers to the university, called on the management to beef up security around the institution by liaising with the security agencies in order to safeguard the students and staff from security challenges.

Dr. Yamusa III, who was a former lecturer of the faculty of Law at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, while assuring of the traditional rulers support for the growth of the institution, further charged the management of Phoenix University to employ intellectual lecturers that would impact knowledge and add value to the students.

Earlier in his speech, the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdullahi Bala, explained that the university had concluded arrangements to begin the 2023/2024 academic session in March 2024, aimed at providing qualitative and affordable education for all Nigerians and citizens of other countries of the world.

“To qualify for admission into Phoenix University, all candidates are expected to meet the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board minimum cut-off mark of 140 and possess five credit passes in relevant subjects, including Mathematics and English in the Senior School Certificate Examination at not more than two sittings,” he added.

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