The Council of Ulamas has described the proposed first private University, NOK University in Southern part of Kaduna State as a unifying factor for peaceful co-existence among Christian and Muslim communities especially the youths.
Chairman of the Council who doubles as Chief Imam, Kafanchan Central Mosque, Muhammad Kassim stated this when he led a delegation of Ulamas on a courtesy visit to the Founder of the proposed University, Chief Anthony Hassan in Kachia.
The Islamic leader, who commended the effort by the Founder noted that, the University, when in operation, would increase the chances of people of the zone get a tertiary education.
“We have many philanthropists in Southern Kaduna but none have taught of initiating such beautiful edifice for our people to benefit from. Outsiders are reluctant to come to this part of Kaduna to invest, but with this institution, the impression about Southern Kaduna will change.
“Aside from building this Institution, Mr Anthony is known for assisting people irrespective of their tribe or religion, hence, our assurance that he is God’s blessing to our community as a peacemaker and we will continue to pray for him to succeed in all his endeavours”, he said.
Responding, the Founder, proposed NOK University, Chief Anthony Hassana appreciated their visit and said the idea behind building the institution was to provide education for the youths especially as public Universities cannot accommodate everyone these days.
“I have also encouraged many people to embrace peace. To ensure peace is sustained, I have personally sponsored the building of mosques and churches across Kaduna. I don’t believe in segregation at all”, he stressed.
He added that Muslims are already part of the contractors and will be considered for admissions too, “we already have Muslims as members of the board of trustees of the University and the master plan has provision for Church and Mosque.
According to Anthony, the proposed NOK University, when fully established would prioritize science-related courses – engineering, medicine and environmental sciences in order to equip graduates to be self-reliant and job providers.
According to him, the initiative was to supplement the government’s efforts in boosting the educational sector in the Country.
“The University intends to give science-related courses priority so as to equip graduates with self-employment rather than have them depend on white-collar jobs”.
The newly inaugurated executive members of the Kaduna Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its Chairman, Asma’u Halilu, had visited the University site in Kachia where the met Chief Anthony.
“There are States in the Country that experience worse crisis than that of southern Kaduna but people are given the impression that people are frequently killed which discourage them from visiting or investing in the zone”.
He, therefore, advised the media to report the ongoing peace initiative in the zone which he said will have a positive impact on the residents.
“I have participated fully in the peace initiative process and have advised participants to convey the goodwill messages to their people. In the past, we all enjoyed peaceful co-existence irrespective of our ethnic or religious affiliations, we can collectively make that happen again”, he added.
On her part, the Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel, Asma’u Halilu complimented the ongoing state-of-the-art projects in the school describing it as a boost to the education sector in the country.
She sought the support of the Founder in the various activities mapped out for the chapel especially in the areas of capacity building for its members.