NEPZA backs partnership to develop Abuja University

The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) has expressed readiness to support partnership between Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and University of Abuja for the university’s permanent site development.

A statement by Mr Martins Odeh, the Head, Corporate Communications, NEPZA on Wednesday said Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, NEPZA’s Managing Director revealed this during inauguration of the committee to midwife execution of the project in Abuja.

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 plan programme in mining and the development of the institution’s film village.

The terms of reference further mandated the committee to propose a second framework for research, intervention and collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration on environmental management, tourism and railway engineering among others.

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.

Adesugba, who is also the Second Deputy President of ACCI explained that the project when executed would change the landscape of the university.


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