Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Chairman of Dantata Group of Companies, has awarded four-year scholarships to 100 indigent Kano students, to study various courses at the newly established Al-Istiqama University, Kano.
Mr Abdulrahman Kawu, the founder of the University, who announced this to newsmen, on Thursday, in Kano, added that granting the scholarships was part of Dantata’s contribution to address educational challenges in the society.
The founder of the University said that Dantata, also an elder statesman, announced the gesture when he received the Governing Board and the Planning Committee of the university, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kano.
“Dantata expressed delight at the establishment of the university which, he said, will create a lot of employment for the people and alleviate admission difficulties faced by students.
“He was particularly elated that Al-Istiqama University is established in Sumaila, with Prof. Salisu Shehu as the pioneer Vice Chancellor.
“The elder statesman commended the management of the institution for introducing meaningful courses in its first year of operation.
“Dantata said that the introduction of Islamic moral education as general studies, will help curtail the challenge of moral decadence in the society, just as the entrepreneurship courses will aid self-reliance among students.
“Commending the founder and promoter of Al-Istiqama University, Dantata called on other wealthy individuals to emulate such initiative.” He said.
Kawu also quoted Dantata as commending the National Universities Commission (NUC) for approving Al-Istiqama University, alongside 19 others.
Also speaking, the founder and promoter of Al-Istiqama University, who is the immediate past Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, commended Dantata for his gesture.
Kawu said the university was ready to give discounts to students, especially during its first admission exercise, which would commence any moment from now.
“Some of the courses introduced by the university are Islamic Studies, Economics, Accounting, Taxation, Entrepreneurship Studies, Political Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Physics with Electronics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, among others.” He said. (NAN)