Sequel to the determined effort of the government to make education more accessible to all and sundry, the Kano state government recently gave a permit of operation to Usmaniyya Global Agency Limited, to set up a private polytechnic in Kano that will specifically offer diplomas in health sciences and medical technology courses.
According to the chief executive officer,
Abdullahi Usman, who happens to be an educational consultant, says that over the years, the firm through cooperation of government, parents and the students themselves have been able to assist no fewer than 25,000 students since its establishment in 2007 into over a thousand universities across the globe.
He stressed that the firm have being in the forefront in the provision of both educational, medical and even organizing International conference for different categories of Nigerians.
“we are into educational consultancy and help parents, students, governments and organizations with educational planning as well as facilitate best educational opportunities abroad. We also do medical consultancy by rendering support to patients who want to access medical care abroad. We assist them to get best medical treatments in the best hospitals across the globe. We organize conferences. If you want to attend a conference we link you up with the organizers and provide all the necessary documents to attend your conference smoothly”.
It will be recalled that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) approved their license for the establishment of a private polytechnic in Kano, and the Board had earlier given firm a ‘no objection’ letter to enable it get corporate affairs registration of the polytechnic.
He added that it was against this backdrop that the firm obtained a land in Bunkure Local Government area of Kano state and that the certificate of occupancy to commence work on setting up safe and high quality facilities is in the pipeline and that the school is ready to commence operation next year.
Adding, also that the institutions temporary site is located in Kano city and will have15 apartments and enough facilities and teachers for the take-off of the private polytechnic in the state.
‘’The school will offer diplomas in medical and health technology courses including public health, community health, medical laboratory science, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy technician certification. And that fifty percent of our lecturers will come from abroad as well as the facilities.
“Our future plan is to open a medical university. We want to set an example in this country. I have some of my students that are lecturing in various universities here in Nigeria. They promise to partner with us and achieve the desired goal”, he quipped.
Onallegation of assisting students to second class institutions, Alhaji Usman said such allegations were not only baseless, but politically motivated to tarnish the growing reputation of the organizations.
”All the universities that we are dealing with in China are public universities and the least among them is 65 years old, others are from 70 to 90 years old and are world class institutions that have built their reputations on fundamental qualities.
“Therefore, people are making the charge due to the progress we are making in our business. In China alone we have about 500 students studying in different universities. That is why I have been telling parents to go to the ministry of education in Abuja and buy reference books that contain the list of accredited universities in the world.
“For example, there is a book by the International Association of World Universities and another made by the European Universities. There is another book that contains all the names of approved American universities. There is yet another book that contains the list of all the United Kingdom universities. The book of International Association of World Universities is in three volumes and costs not less than N500. If you study abroad and come back to Nigeria, the ministry of education would refer you to the books and if the name of your university is not included in them, then the university is not accredited and recognized in the world.
“I want people to understand that more than 200 universities that teach English in China are approved by the government. Another thing is that if the university you want to study in is not among the approved universities, the Chinese government will not give you resident permit and without resident permit you can’t get visa”.
Alhaji Usman, further stressed that China as a communist country, operate mainly public universities, though, the firm also deals with some countries with private universities, but the firm deals mainly with public universities.
“But we concentrate more on public universities in China because their tuition fee is affordable. If you want to read medicine in China you will spend not less than US$ 6,000 to 7, 000 annually, equivalent to a little over N2 million on official exchange rate. This includes accommodation, medical insurance, and tuition fee excluding feeding allowance.
“If it is other courses like mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering, the tuition fee is about $3,500 with accommodation. So, if you have from N1.3 million you can travel to China and study. It is cheaper and affordable”, he said.
He also said the firm presently work with many institutions in the USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt, Sudan, India, UK, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Cyprus, Russia, Poland and Ghana.
According to him, in the USA, the organisation represents Ferris State University, while in Turkey, is working with five universities like Istanbul Kultur University, Sabancı University, Yaşar University, Okan University and University of Turkish Aeronautical Association.
“In China, the firm is in agreement with about nine universities and in Bangladesh we have two universities. In Cyprus we have four universities; Egypt, five universities and Switzerland, one university.
“In Ghana we represent three universities; India, five universities; Malaysia, five universities; Poland, one university; Philippines, two universities while in Russia we recruit students for two universities. In Sudan we have four; Uganda, two universities and United Arab Emirate, four universities, he said emphatically.