Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, yesterday announced her plan to establish a private university to be known as Muhammadu Buhari University.
Mrs. Buhari, speaking at a town hall meeting in Yola organized by her in collaboration with some natives of Adamawa State said the planned institution would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.
But she did not reveal when or where it would be sited.
Aisha who lamented the challenges facing education and various sectors in the state, called for active support of the state indigenes in complementing government efforts.
She called for the establishment of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized developmental projects can be financed and implemented.
Also speaking, Ambassador Fati Ballah stressed the need for reconciliation and forgiveness among the people of the state and the setting up of a committee to come up with a blueprint for the development of the state.
Alhaji Sadiq Daware, who spoke on agriculture at the meeting, noted that 80 per cent of the state land was arable and suitable for farming.
He added that with River Benue which passes through the state, the state has the potential for massive irrigation and all year round farming programmes.
Other speakers at the meeting included Prof. Shehu Iya of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, who spoke on education; Prof. Auwal Abubakar of Federal Medical Centre, Yola, who spoke on health; and Mrs Helen Mathias who spoke on women and youths.
Others were Mallam Umar Abubakar who spoke on security; Gen. Buba Marwa on drugs; Sen. Silas Zwingina on Good Governance, and Dr Umar Bindir who spoke on Poverty.
The meeting was also attended by politicians, particularly APC, PDP and ADC members in the state.
Author: Our Reporter