…as ABU Alumni unveils infrastructure projects for alma mater.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has canvassed for greater roles for alumni associations of schools as a means of stemming the declining fortunes of our educational institutions.
The Minister made this this call while receiving the leadership of the Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association when the latter paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Monday, 03 July 2017.
Welcoming the team which was led by its National President, Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, Malam Musa Bello said “reliance on Federal Government alone for funding tertiary institutions is no longer sustainable as there are too many interests competing for the lean resources of government.” He lamented that the amount of funds leaving Nigeria from the Nigerian alumni of foreign universities could go a long way in alleviating the challenges we face in funding education in Nigeria.
According to the Minister, “We do know that many of the internationally renowned universities in the world basically are being run by funds from investments and more importantly also, funds from their alumni associations. Usually, it is these funds that were used to provide the initial investments that keep the universities running.”
The Minister paid tribute to the contributions of Ahmadu Bello University graduates in the effort towards the realization of the Abuja project. He noted that the earlier corps of architect and engineers that arrived Abuja to commence the spade work for the building of Abuja had a sizeable number of Ahmadu Bello University graduates.
The FCT Minister praised the resourcefulness of the current ABU Alumni Association for the numerous capital intensive projects it has embarked upon to improve the overall welfare of the school, saying this would not have been possible without a strong exco and highly motivated administrative officials at its secretariat.
Earlier in his remarks, the ABU Alumni President said the Ahmadu Bello University is the largest University in Nigeria, West Africa and the Sub-Saharan Africa, and by extension, the Alumni Association is the largest with over 800,000 graduates.
He listed four major projects that the current National Executive Council of the association is embarking on, including an overhead pedestrian bridge at the North Gate of the University, across the busy Zaria-Sokoto highway which would cost N80 million being undertaken wholly by Alh Atiku Abubakar an Alumnus of the University.
Other projects he said, include a Laptop Computer Loan Scheme for undergraduate students with a payment time of more than 30 months, a post graduate hostel as well as an intra-city-bus shuttle service for students. The bus system is to begin with a fleet of five 33-seater buses.
Prof. Mora said the members of the Association in the FCT and elsewhere in Nigeria as well as the diaspora were ready and will be willing to bring their skills, expertise and competences in the services of the FCT to make it great and most beautiful and safe place to live. This he said while noting that over 6 former ministers of the FCT were alumni of the University.