The University of Abuja said it had concluded plans to establish a Distance Learning Centre in Hadejia, Jigawa, to enhance access to university education at grassroots.
Prof. Sani Abubakar, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration of the university, stated this at a stakeholder’s forum for the distance learning programme, on Sunday in Hadejia, Jigawa.
Abubakar said that the centre would be established in Hadejia, noting that the university had already commenced the sale of admission form for the 2016/2017 academic session.
He explained that the centre would offer undergraduate courses in six disciplines, which include Business and Public Administration; Banking and Finance, Economics, Sociology and Political Science.
Abubakar said that the gesture was to enhance access to university education to farmers, traders and women in rural communities.
”Also, distance learning programme encourages the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among the people,” he said.
The vice chancellor called on the people to cooperate with the university to facilitate successful take off of the centre.
Also commenting, Mrs Theresa Oromo, the Director, Distance Learning programme, said mthe centre was designed to provide quality programmes in accordance with the guidelines of the National University Commission (NUC).
Oromo added that the centre was designed to offer degree courses with less cost and routine academic rigour of regular university programmes.
In his contribution, Sen. Ubali Shittu, APC, Jigawa-North, said he invited the university to establish the centre so as to bridge the gap of low-level degree holders in the area.
Shittu decried the lack of presence of federal universities and institutions of higher learning, which militated against sustainable educational development in the area.
He pledged support to the programme, adding that about three schools are proposed to provide a suitable site and facilitate smooth take-off of the centre.
“We are concerned with the high cost of education which denied many the opportunities to access university education”.
Shittu called on the university to introduce more courses to expand the scope of student intake in the programme.
The senator also called on farmers, women and youth to take advantage of the opportunities provided under the programme, to further their education.
The forum was attended by farmers, traders, women and youth associations, teachers union, community and religious leaders drawn from the eight local government councils in the district.