President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, February 20, 2015 promised to commence the steps towards establishing the first University of Co-operatives in one of the six South Western States.
He made the commitment at the State House, Marina, Lagos when he hosted members of the Oodua Cooperative Alliance, a pan-Yoruba group with members drawn from the six South West, adding that he will send a Federal Government delegation to Nairobi, Kenya in order to understudy a similar university already established in the East African nation.
He further reiterated his belief that the country needs more of specialised universities, hence his decision to establish a Maritime University in Delta State.
On the issue you raised about a University of Cooperative, I will send a team to Kenya to go and look at the University there.
They need to look at the courses they offer, the departments and how the entire institution is structured. Then we will establish our own and it will be located in the South West.
Leader of the delegation, Adetokunbo Osisanya while promising President Jonathan at least 2 million votes in the forthcoming Saturday, March 28, 2015 requested a N200bn National Cooperative Development Fund provided in the 2002 National Cooperative Policy, a request President Jonathan said was going to be addressed and forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).