By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A well-equipped Information Communication Technology Centre (ICT) that has 40 computer units and an E-Library has been donated to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The NPA Senior Procurement Officer, Mr. Tukur Buba who presented the donation and subsequently commissioned it, said the centre which is specifically for use by remedial students, is in fulfilment of the authority’s social responsibility to promote research for development in the institution.
The Procurement Officer further explained that the gesture would also help the remedial students to improve their knowledge of ICT so as to become successful in their academic pursuit, as well as encourage other forms of academic researches for development.
He said, “Please make good use of these facilities so that our children unborn will come and use these facilities. The Management of Nigerian Ports Authority is behind you, is eager and anxious to see your success in all your endeavours and it want these facilities to be used for the upliftment of education in this institution”.
Buba told the students, “I enjoin you once again to make good use of it, no vandalization, these days, people regard government properties as nobody’s properties but this time around, I want you to regard these properties as if they were your own personal properties”.
According to him, after they make use of the facilities, their children and grandchildren will come and make use of it, may be even with a better technology”, and charged the students and other users of the facilities in the center not only to maintain them, but also guard them against any form of vandalization.
The ATBU Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammed Abdul-Aziz has in response, commended the NPA for coming to the rescue of the institution by donating the ICT Center, saying it will help the students reduce the search for physical books and aide the lecturers in their academic work.
Abdul-Aziz noted that most students fail the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) mainly because of their lack of the knowledge of ICT, saying that the centre would help the university transition from analog to digital.
He stated: “We have remedial students who are about writing the UTME, most students fail not because they don’t know the answer but because they don’t have knowledge about ICT. This is an advantage to such students because they can practice using these facilities”.
“I want to urge the Directorate that all tests for remedial should now turn to be CBT so that they will be conversant with the ICT and upgrade their knowledge because these are UTME questions”, Abdul-Aziz said.
Prof. Abdul-Aziz also enjoined the students to make the best use of the facilities because, as he puts it, “if you destroy them, you are destroying our money and if you keep it, you are indirectly keeping our money. Know that whatever you do to these systems, someone somewhere will do it to you.”
The VC said that the institution targets not just its students, but students outside the University will also come to use the UTME facilities “because we are trying to make sure that everybody in Nigeria has access to quality education and access to university education.”
Later during an interview, the ATBU Director of Basic and Remedial Studies, Professor Hamma Sabo expressed delight that the center will have great impact on the students.
Prof. Sabo said, “This is a digital laboratory. Library is very critical in the development of education. In fact, any academic institution without a library is completely academically irrelevant”.
“Library has migrated to an information science where you can communicate, get latest information, latest books do all your information activities”, he concluded.