Vice Chancellor of IBBU, Prof. Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare

As part of activities marking the second combined convocation ceremony of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, the management of the University has commissioned four projects worth over N330 million.

The projects included a 3,000 capacity convocation arena worth N110 million, an Automated Metrological Station donated to the University by Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET), worth over N100 million, a health centre worth N80 million, and a Micro Finance Bank worth N40 million.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Ketso expressed delight that the management of the University was able to maintain the momentum of a University system and also academic excellence,urging them to sustain it.

He said government cannot do everything because of paucity of fund and urged the management to prioritize their needs, disclosing that his principal, Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello was ready to do his best to support the legacy of the founding fathers of the institution so as to ensure that the University competes favourably with other universities.

Alh. Ahmed Ketso  observed that it would be difficult for education to be completely free because the tuition fees paid by students forms part of the sources of fund used in executing some of the projects in the university.

He said discipline was the watchword of Governor Bello’s administration and that education alongside health, agriculture and water sectors were the priority of the present administration in the state, urging the students to be disciplined and conduct themselves within the ambits of the laws of the university.

Alh. Ketso advised the students of the university to be creative so as to be productive at the end of their studies, adding that we are in a country where graduates were churned out yearly without job opportunities to absorb them.

He said, although it was saddened, but that the fact remained that not every graduate will be lucky to get job after graduation, adding that this should not be a reason for one not to go to school.

“It is painful because you pass through so many stages from primary school, secondary school, and university. But at the end, after spending so many years, you cannot secure any job. It is very bad. But don’t say because people are not getting job, you will not go to school, you have to go to school,” said the Deputy Governor.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Nasir Maiturare said, it was a fulfilled moment for him and his management members.

He revealed that the projects commissioned were some of the internal projects he met on ground when he came on board and he decided to complete them through the support of the state government.

Also, the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Muhammed Kudu Santuraki appreciated the support of the state government to the university, saying apart from the founding government of late Engr. Abdulkadir Kure no government was so supportive to the university like the present administration.

He said the university was on course and gradually turning into the university we all dream of, adding that IBB University had remained on a very strong ground nationally and internationally.

While appealing to the state government for more support, Dr. Santuraki  said that the reward for hard work was more work and assured the government of the university’s management commitment towards providing a conducive teaching and learning environment.