The Chancellorof Igbinedion University (IUO) Okada , Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, has showeredpraises on ex-military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar for approvingthe establishment of the first private University in the country.
Igbinedionsaid the schools license in 1999 was a turning point in the nations educationsector and a foundation for the establishment of 79 private universities todate.
TheChancellor stated this during the 20th anniversary of IUO held in Okada, Edo state.
He said the remarkable initiative anduncommon bravery and disposition towards granting licence to IUO as the first private University in the countryis today been celebrated.
Today, weare the most sought after in the milieu of 70 private universities in Nigeria.
We doff ourhat to a great man of courage and faith in a better Nigeria, GeneralAbdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR.
TheUniversity is my brainchild and vision. But His Excellency, General AbdulsalamiAbubakar who is our chairman today, gave us our trail-blazingposition, Igbinedion said.
ViceChancellor, Igbinedion University, Prof Lawrence Ezemonye said the school representsand exemplary in Nigeria higher education.