The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) is partnering the University of Abuja in remaking the institution into an industrial, creativity hub, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.
The ACCI and the management of the university led by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. AdulRasheed Na’Allah signed a Memorandum of Understanding to re-model the campus into a self-sustaining tourism, learning and business destinations.
The committee is to develop a plan for turning the university into a privately-driven tourism attraction. It is also to develop curricula in mining, and entertainment through the institution’s film village.
ACCI is expected to mobilise the private sector to provide the proposed infrastructure including world-class lecture theaters; hostels; film village; light-railway; manufacturing industries; hotels, hospitals, road networks, golf course/ sporting facilities, among others.
The NEPZA boss, who is the chairman of the committee, said the proposed development layout would undoubtedly redirect the way and manner universities were managed in the country.
He added that the ivory tower would become an industrial hub that will maintain a serene ambiance for teaching, learning and research.
“We will also be using the Free Trade Zone approaches in order to attract both foreign and local direct investments into this proposed adorable and profitable ecosystem,” he stated. With the free trade strateg, we intend to remake the university into an industrial hu, a creativity centre.
“It is an understatement to say that the university’s location remains strategic and attractive to investors. In fact, this site which harbours undulating rocks and three rivers provides the required serenity for tourism.” “Its proximity to the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, and to the city center makes it a choice destination for tourists, foreign students and investors.
Na’Allah, the vice chancellor of the university, said that the era of waiting for the government to fund the university was gradually coming to an end, adding that it has discovered a point of equilibrium where education and commerce met for mutual benefit.
He noted that the university was on the verge of introducing Railway Engineering and Geology into its numerous courses.