Work Starts on $30m Libyan University in Nigeria

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Construction work began this week on a 300-million-dollar Islamic university in northern Nigeria funded by Libyan president Moamer Kadhafi, officials said Thursday. 

The university will offer courses in Islamic studies, the humanities, the sciences and medicine, Ismail Idris, Secretary-General of the Libyan-funded World Islamic Call Society told AFP in Kano. 

The contract for the construction of the university was signed on June 2nd and work is being undertaken by a Kano-based Italian firm, he said. 

"The university is not meant for Nigerians alone. Students from all over Africa will be able to attend," he said. 

Kadhafi visited Kano in 1997 and pledged to build a university in the city. On June 21, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso declared plans to introduce strict Islamic law in the state -- KANO, Nigeria (AFP)  


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