NIGERIA: New Varsity to Promote Educational Needs of Nigerians, says Archbishop

LAGOS OCTOBER 30 2015(CISA) – Archbishop Dr Alfred Adewale Martins of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has said that the newly established Catholic Church-owned University, Augustine University, will contribute immensely to meeting the needs of personal, social and economic development of Nigerians.

“These needs would be achieved through the pursuit of a broad spectrum of academic disciplines as we seek to produce scholars who are imbued with the love of universal truth towards the service of God and humanity,” The Vanguard Newspaper quoted Archbishop Martins as saying.

Speaking to journalists during a tour of facilities at the university October 28, Archbishop Martins said the university will epitomise the noble tradition of Catholic higher education in seeking to achieve intellectual, cultural, moral and spiritual excellence.

“Augustine University provides facilities for training, learning and research that would promote the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to social, political, cultural, economic, scientific and technological problems,” he said.

The university would be developed in three phases, with the first phase costing N7bn (USD 3.5M) while phases two and three will gulp N9bn (USD 4.5M).

The university built on 150 hectares of land at Epe Town and will accommodate 500 students who would all reside on the campus.