*Proposed Minaret Int’l University: VC CUICI, USA Promises To Give Support As NUC Team, Founders-Muslim Group Visits MIU Institution.*

….Proposed Minaret Int’l University: UNESCO Laureate Commends NUC Team, Muslim Group On Visit

….. CUICI VC Promises To Give Support To Minaret International University, Ikirun

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Vice-Chancellor, Crown University International Chartered Inc., USA with its teaching hospital campus located at Santa Cruz Province Argentina Brazil, South America and other partners Constituents Campuses In government regulated Universities worldwide and online operation, UNESCO Laureate, H.R.H Duke of the Kingdom Of Atlantis in Singapore, Prof Sir Bashiru Atemu, who is also a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, has commended the recent visits by the leadership team of the members of National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja and Founders of MIU, Ikirun Osun State, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at group on assessment of the proposed Minaret Int’l University, Ikirun, Osun State as he promises to give MIU University’s management the needed support to achieve it mission and vision statement.

Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu, H.R.H Duke of The Kingdom Of Atlantis, Singapore made this remark in a press statement personally signed by him which was made available to Journalists in Asaba, Delta State capital by UNESCO Laureate’s Executive Assistant On Media Publicity and Communication Matters, Comrade Sir Bieni Victor Emenike as CUICI VC, USA commended NUC’s & Founder’s, Muslim group visits, promises to give every necessary support to Minaret International University, Ikirun, Osun State.

Prof Aremu while commending the University management, members of the Board of Trustees for their commitment, he stated that, MIU mission of being a World-class tertiary institution for intellectual and manpower development. UNESCO Laureate noted that the visit of NUC is very timely towards the fulfilment of all needed criteria of a world-class institution, promotion of quality higher education, balanced and coordinated development of universities as a regulatory body charged with accreditation of both public and private universities as well as academic programmes in Nigerian Universities.

Prof Aremu also commended the leadership of Ahmadiyya Jama’at Muslim group for their visit as gesture towards the fulfilment of institution’s mission and vision statement; also to promote Islamic culture in educational institutions to produce manpower resources and generate employment opportunities for all Nigerians.

The statement by UNESCO Laureate’s reads in parts: “ABOUT NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION (NUC). NUC is a parastatal under the federal Ministry of Education (FME) charged with the responsibility of advising Government on the financial needs of the universities, handle the planning of a balanced and coordinated development of University Education in Nigeria. The National Universities Commission is a government Commission for promoting quality higher education situated at Abuja established in 1962 as an advisory agency in the cabinet office. It became a statutory body in 1974. NUC is the government regulatory agency to accredit Universities (Public & Private) and academic programmes”.

ABOUT MINARET INT’L UNIVERSITY (MIU), IKIRUN, OSUN:The journey for the MIU began in 2016 following a resolution at the annual Shura of Jamaat Nigeria, led by the former Amir of Jamaat Nigeria, Prof Mashuud Adenrele Fasola Sahib. The Shura proposal came from the Ibadan circuit of the Jamaat; once adopted, it was presented to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa during a mulaqat by the Nigerian delegation to the Jalsa UK. The initial main campus was on 600 hectares of land at Agbonbiti in Ile-Ife. But Ikirun was later considered as the main campus, while Agbonbiti will be the satellite campus solely for the Agriculture and Farm Settlement Project. The immediate former governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, now Minister of Interior, was equally passionate about the take-off of the university, he assisted the Jamaat to reduce the fee for the Certificate of Occupancy of the 530 acres. Once the sum was paid, he accelerated the process of signatory. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola participated in the Jalsa Salana of Jamaat Nigeria and supported the establishment of the university while the current governor was the chief of staff.
It should be noted that the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, also supported the university initiative”.

“All documentation with the National Universities Commission is ongoing while the provision for the physical infrastructure for the Minaret International University has commenced. The university will start with three faculties; humanities, sciences and education. The remaining faculties will be added gradually. This is the first university with both an Islamic and Western education model to be established by the Jamaat.The vision of MIU, is to pursue intellectual and moral development for creativity, entrepreneurship, adaptability and survival of our university graduates. Such a university education for the youth will be designed to promote academic excellence, moral discipline and the spirit of selfless service for the advancement of socio-economic development, the emancipation of the people and commitment to global cooperation for development and unity of humanity”.

“The mission is to establish a world-class tertiary institution for the intellectual and manpower development of human resources for sustainable socioeconomic development nationally, regionally and internationally. The university will be committed to giving opportunity to all qualified candidates at home and from abroad based on merit and equity, through a work-study methodology and without any sectarian or racial discrimination. The philosophy of the university education is a wholesome one that integrates moral and academic excellence for a healthy development of the mind and body in such a manner that the graduate of our university would be of immense benefit and dignity to himself or herself, to the family, the community, the nation and humanity at large. The university education will focus on environmentally sustainable growth and development of all aspects of agriculture, energy and transportation infrastructure, water, natural resources, manufacturing and processing, management sciences, engineering, communication technology, humanities as well as scientific and technological research relevant to global development problems and challenges”.

“In precise terms, as a wholly faith-based university, the philosophy implies the following specific principles:

  1. Strict enforcement of moral discipline, 2. Guarding against alcoholism and drug addiction, 3. Banishment of cultism, 4. Infusing theory and practice/work approach through practical entrepreneurship training, 5. Philosophy of students’ research projects, 6. Sports, physical fitness and martial arts. The MIU, will be guided by the following aims and objectives: 1. Offering admission to various academic and professional programmes of the institution based purely on relevant well-defined and universally accepted academic and moral merits. 2. Admission to undergraduate courses in various approved disciplines for all qualified candidates globally, 3. Admission to graduate programmes in various approved disciplines based on well-defined qualifications for distinguished graduate students from the institution and other recognized universities and similar institutions globally”.

“Also, 4. To provide remedial programmes for interested candidates with deficiencies towards meeting the standards required by merit for various programmes, 5. Undertaking and promoting research in areas of environmental and development challenges unilaterally and in cooperation with other research institutions as well as industrial and agricultural establishments, 6. Commercialising research findings through pilot projects for the benefit of small-scale enterprises, and invite interested corporate bodies to participate in the efforts to commercialise research findings. Others are: 7. Engaging in intellectual and charitable community services such as community development projects, public policy analysis, debates and career guidance and counseling for prospective university students, 8. Organising academic conferences from time to time to address problems of socio-economic development and environmental challenges, 9. Publications of academic journals and monographs through internal and external publishing outfits, 10. Business ventures and consultancy services relevant to the competence and capacity of the human resources at the disposal of the university for the promotion of the practical and technical orientation of the university”.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Nigeria pioneered Muslim missionary education in Nigeria that was established in 1916 with the opening of the first Muslim primary school, Talim-ul-Islam Primary School Elegbata in 1921 at Lagos Island, inaugurated by the late Mr Henry Carr, the then Colonial Education officer for the Lagos Colony. Thereafter, the flood gates of Islamic and Western education for teeming Nigerian Muslim children across gender, race and religion commenced, thereby laying a good educational foundation. The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Nigeria first venture into secondary education followed in the 1950s and 1970s across the country with a special programme called “The Nusrat Jehan Scheme”. Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia profited immensely from this scheme. In Nigeria, there are over 20 secondary schools in Lagos, Ibadan, Owode, Ogbagi Akoko, Onda, Ara, Umaisha and Kano. The primary schools across the country were feeders for the secondary educational institutions for the current and next generation of elites for Nigeria. Within this period, a wholly Islamic Missionary training College, Jamiatul Mubashireen, was established at Ilaro along Owode road in 1976″.

“Two schools for the memorisation of the Holy Quran for boys and girls aged 9-13 years, were established in Ilaro. The current Ahmadiyya Science College in Ilaro will metamorphose into a technical college any moment from now, as a team of experts and Ahmadi engineers from London visited the Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology recently. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Nigeria was quite methodical in its approach to educational pursuits for better understanding of the religion of Islam, the humanities, science and deep knowledge of the Holy Quran. The educational institutions have produced manpower resources and generated employment for Nigerians. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is aimed at providing Ahmadis with content regarding the beliefs of the true Islam, reintroduced to the world by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, peace be on him”.

“ABOUT UNESCO Laureate. He is one of the members of the Board of Trustees, MINARET INT’L UNIVERSITY, IKIRUN OSUN STATE. The names of the Board of Trustees of Minaret International University are: Barr A F Alatoye, UNESCO Laureate Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu,Prof M A Fashola, Prof. M B Olaleye ,Prof A R Abdullah,Prof Abdul Roheem Giwa ,Prof A F Fehintola, Prof Muhammad Dan Lami , Prof Ismaila S Olasunkanmi, Dr Y A Habeeb ,Dr LD Busari , Dr Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu, Dr Mulikat O Abdus Salam, Alh M O Lakunle-Bello”.

“The VC, CUICI, USA is an World Acclaimed Distinguished Universities Research Professor and Editorial Board Member, Cambridge Publishing, United Kingdom. He is known as World Acclaimed Distinguished Universities Research Professor of Computer Science, Information Communication Technology in different global and Nigerian Universities such as Novena University, Ogume, Delta State, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Imo State University, Imo State, Kaduna State University, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Pioneer Member Board of Trustees of Minaret International University, Ikurun, Osun State, Nigeria to mention but a few. And other Global Universities such as West Coast University of Science, Technology & Arts, Bharat University, India”.

“CUICI VC, a World Acclaimed Distinguished Universities Research Professor at Pradesh, Mandsaur, Mother Theresa Women University, India, World Congress of Arts, Sciences & Communication, as had served as Deputy Director-General for Africa And Research Professor at International Biographical Centre. Prof Aremu is cited in the World recognized publications by Famous Marquis Who’s is Who in the World”.

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