Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie
Former Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria
Cardinal Priest of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano
Jun 16, 1936
Oct 21, 2003
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English Catholic Church shops for N19bn for varsity in Lagos
Oct 27, 2008

The Catholic Church says it is shopping for N19,28,697,025 to establish a university to be named St. Augustine University in Lagos, next year.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie who announced this in Lagos said the institution would be located on 125 hectares of land at Ilara in Epe Local government Area of the state.

The construction of the university which will be in three phases, Okogie said, will have the College of Education, and Humanities, College of Social Management Sciences and College of Sciences in the foundation phase.

According to him, the second phase will see the take off of the Colleges of Engineering and Environmental Sciences while the third phase will usher in the Colleges of Medical Sciences and Law.

While saying that provision of buildings under the first phases of construction would cost N11 billion, Okogie said about N1 billion of this amount will be required for purchase of land and processing of land documents with the Lagos State Government.

He said every thing was being done to get approved from government and relevant statutory bodies including the National Universities Commission, to ensure that structures in the first phase of the project were on ground by March 2009.

The Cardinal said the estalishment of the university would be a huge venture that the church will not shy away from the project as, according to him, it was time for the establishment of a Catholic Church University.

He appealed to Nigerians, and corporate organisation to make contribution to enable the Catholic Church achieve its dream.

Okogie said the proposed university has the vision of making its student a total person. “The proposed varsity will have as its motto: Pro-scienctia Et Monbus, meaning ‘For Learning and Character’. Its vision is making of the total person while its mission is to develop well-rounded persons who will be role models and leaders in the society”, the Cardinal said.
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