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Explore endowment option for enhanced funding - Bello counsels ABU

Apr, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has urged the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala to pursue the options of individual and corporate endowments as a means of enhancing funding for the institution. The Minister gave the advice when a delegation from the University led by the VC paid a courtesy visit to FCT Administration (FCTA) last week.

Responding to the issue of alumni support through endowment, raised by the VC, Malam Bello said it was an option that had not been fully implemented and encouraged the Vice Chancellor to fully exploit its possibilities and potentials. In the words of the Minister, "The issue of university funding came up at a forum and alumni support was very prominent. This included endowments by people who are well to do and endowments by companies." Malam Bello added: "I think it's not something that has been well implemented and I'm sure that during your tenure, if you continue the way you are doing, you will encourage more people through the way of endowment for educational institutions to give back, as part of giving back to society."

The Minister said that FCTA will also explore the option of working closely with the Consultancy Services arm of the University for provision of needed professional expertise. He said: "There are lots of areas where we need expertise and I'm sure you will have it, whether it's in survey, town planning, urban renewal and so on." The Minister added: "We are trying to encourage and improve on our enforcement activities. For instance, our testing capacities for materials so that we will be able to test what people are using either in constructing the roads of the FCT or the public buildings and even private buildings. I assure you that we will continue to provide you the needed support by consulting you."

Speaking earlier, the VC said that the Minister was one of the most distinguished members of the institution's alumni body and the meeting was intended to reach out to members such as him. He said: "We are lucky to have distinguished members of alumni in this country and in the Diaspora and they are major stakeholders. Alumni anywhere in the world are major stakeholders of universities and the Hon. Minister happens to be one of those distinguished members of alumni of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria."

The VC admitted that the University has not kept close contact and communication with its alumni whom he described as major stakeholders in the university and so when he assumed office a year ago, he decided to redress this by keeping close contacts with this important stakeholder group. The VC revealed that the University requires a lot of resources to manage the institution which he said currently has a student population of about 60,000 and needs to provide more facilities such as hostels, laboratories, classrooms and theaters.

Professor Bala said that the University has capacities that can be exploited through its Consultancy Services company to generate the much needed revenue and revealed that ABU had done a lot in the Federal Capital Territory, including its work on its Master Plan, development of some of its districts, town planning and engineering services. Also present at the courtesy visit were the University Registrar, Malam Abdullahi Ahmed Kundila; Managing Director, ABU Consultancy Services Ltd, Dr Umar Farouk Yaya; Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu; Provost, FCT College of Education, Zuba, Dr Gambo Hamza; Director, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Tpl. Zaliha'u Ahmed, and other senior staff of FCTA.

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