BRIEF HISTORY OF GREENFIELD UNIVERSITY
With the ever-growing demand on raising the quality of education in Nigeria, the government has afforded private individuals the space to run and improve tertiary education in the country. The promoters of Greenfield University with a very long history of over 20 years of delivering good quality education to numerous students at Nursery, Primary and Secondary school levels in Kaduna State believed in their capability to take advantage of this opportunity afforded to private individuals to establish and run an admirable university of their own. The promoters under the chairmanship of Engineer and Chief Simon Nwakacha therefore set out to establish Greenfield University, the first and so far, only private university in Kaduna State.
The work of establishing Greenfield University, began in November 2013 when the promoters declared their intention to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to set up the university. The name Green-field was chosen to depict the university as a place which is conducive for the development and advancement of a wide range of knowledge, skills and services which are desirable for human development. The promoters in an interactive session assured members of the NUC of their full commitment to the development of a unique university which will be a model of excellence and a reference for other universities in the country in terms of extending the frontiers of knowledge and service delivery. With this, the approval to begin the establishment of the university was given by the NUC in December 2013.
The promoters then immediately inaugurated a Planning and Implementation Committee (PIC) which was tasked with transforming the conceived vision into the physical specifications which were needed for the successful take-off of the university. The committee was made up of several Nigerian university scholars and experts from many fields who are as follows:
- Professor T. Nwufo – Chairman
- Engr and Chief Simon Nwakacha – member
- Mr Simon-Peter Nonso Nwakacha – member
- Professor Uche Chieze – member
- Barrister Chinedu Ebubedike – member
- Dr Samuel Chukwuedo – member
- Mr Olaiton Olagoke – member
Construction work then began in January 2015 on the 110 hectare-university site in Kasarami village of Chikun Local Government in Kaduna state at KM 33 along Kaduna-Abuja express way. The progress of constructing the massive take-off facilities at the university site from scratch was rapid following the dedicated commitment of the promoters and this led to the invitation of the Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) from the NUC for the first verification visit which was successfully completed in October 2016 with satisfactory remarks. The second verification visit followed successfully in May 2018 and based on the facilities presented to the NUC by members of the Project Implementation Committee on behalf of the promoters, the NUC management recommended that Greenfield University be issued its license. This was considered and approved by the NUC Board and Federal Executive Council. Greenfield University was eventually issued its license by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed along with other members of the NUC, on the 5th of February, 2019.
At all times in the development of the university, the focus never shifted away from the establishment of a unique university which will be highly sought after and referenced within the tertiary level of education for being within the top cadre for providing graduates with various internationally recognized qualifications, skills and exposures which will broaden their horizon and make them meaningful contributors to the development of humanity. The university continues to lay strong foundations which will ensure that its staff, students and graduates will always be better equipped and more reputable than their peers from other universities.