Nigeria’s foremost business magnate and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has completed a N1.2 billion structure for running of business school in Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
The building which is scheduled for formal handing over to the university management next month, is a state of the art edifice, the first in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The President of Dangote Group, said that the structure is part of the efforts to build entrepreneurship in the sub-consciousness of Nigerian through education at the highest level.
He said that the present situation in Nigeria necessitated the revisiting school curriculum to reflect the new consciousness of entrepreneurship and manufacturing to encourage the study of business, especially at the second level in the university.
Speaking on the gesture of Dangote, the Dean of Faculty of Dangote Business School, Professor Murtala Sagagi recalled that until Dangote started the project, there was no such Business School in Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
“We have an ambition to have a business school and we could not go ahead with the project because there was no befitting structure to accommodate the kind of dream we had but with Dangote coming in about five years ago and that was when the University decided to say this is the time to have the business school.”
He said that Kano is the second most vibrant commercial city in the country after Lagos, adding: “we have industries, Banks, different type of businesses, micro, small, medium and large enterprises.
“We are having large scale investors from China, Spin and all over the world coming to Kano to make investment and this means the State needs an institution, a kind of faculty, school that can able to develop the capacity not only the management of those organisation but those people who are working in different units or department within the organisation.
“Looking at the public sector, we have limited capacity in budget, project management, which has led to things not moving well in the country. With our unique disadvantage here in Northern Nigeria, the South is far ahead in terms of capacity level, for example there are about 20 universities in Ogun State, while in Kano State we have only three Universities and all of them owned by either by the state government or federal government. It is just of recent we are getting private investors to coming in.”
Sagagi pointed out that all these show that there is a need for massive capacity building in Management, Finance, Marketing, E-Business, and particularly entrepreneurship and innovation in this part of the country and also for the entire country.
“Bayero University has a unique reputation in the whole country and this explains why in the last National Institution Accreditation exercise, BUK became the best University in the Country, not because we have the best of everything but because of the quality of our curriculum, faculty and most importantly the quality of the students.
“The Dangote Business School is a great development and we hope that this business school will not only be seen as a Kano business school or Northern business school because I can tell you about 40 per cent of our students are not from Kano and more than 22 per cent of our student are from Southern part of the country.”
He called on other eminent Nigerans with wealth to emulate Dangote and contribute to the education advancement of the nation as a way boosting the country’s economic development pointing out that “if Nigeria is blessed with two of Alhaji Dangote, Nigeria will witness unprecedented economic boost in terms of job creation, employment and poverty reduction.”
Information had it that Dangote is building a similar business school in the University of Ibadan and would be commissioned anytime soon.
The one in BUK has been completed and awaiting commissioning. It is a modern Business School comprising auditoriums, lecture theatres, offices, classes, library, and complete electrical fittings and cooling system, among others[myad]