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Excitements as N1.2bn first Business School in north donated by Dangote opens

Fresh breakthrough in advanced business educational development in the northern part of Nigeria was made weekend as African leading industrialist, and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote donates a N1.2 billion ultra-modern business school edifice to the Bayero University, Kano, (BUK).

Known as Dangote Business School (DBS), the business mogul disclosed that talks are on to affiliate the school with the popular Havard Business School, in the United States of America.

Revealing more as the school opens, Dangote averred that no effort was spared to ensure that the school building gets up to international standard as one of the biggest in the sub Sahara Africa.

According to him, the Business School, which was commissioned by the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, was conceived as part of his contributions towards encouraging world class entrepreneurship education at the highest level in Nigeria.

He described the School as best of its kind in northern Nigeria, adding that the School, as accredited by the Nigerian University Commission, will be the first business school to offer Doctor of Business Administration PhD. program in Nigeria.

The Africa richest man added that the business school would ease sharing of business information globally and how future African leaders could advance their businesses as well as building capacity which would translate to boosting the continent’s economy.

Besides, Dangote traced the journey of the construction of the school to the days of Prof Attahir Jigawa as the Vice Chancellor of the University when he pleaded with him to help in the establishment of a business school that can accelerate entrepreneurship in the country.

He said he agreed to build the edifice because of his conviction that good quality education is the bedrock of meaningful development in the country and only a sound mind can facilitate development.

Explaining more, Dangote noted that the school will train African Business leaders by crying out research on how Nigerians can do business in the very particular kind of environment and succeed.

Ealier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammed Yahuza Bello said with the new business school, the university is now poised to serve the society better through training, research and services.

He said the university adopted the name “ Dangote Business School”, because the name Dangote is internationally synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and successes in business and industry and pledged that the school will live by its name and tradition.

On the uniqueness of the school, Prof yahuza averred that the new structure comprises 650 seating capacity auditorium, two theaters, four lecture halls, two libraries, incubation center, two cafeterias, 800kva soundproof generator and borehole among others.

In their separate remarks, Gov. Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafeez Abubakar, his Jigawa State Counterpart, Gov. Muhammed Badaru Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II showered accolades on the donor for his several interventions in various sectors in the State and beyond, urging other wealthy individuals to emulate.

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