By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Kabiru Bala has said that for the university’s College of Medicine to compete globally, it would need about 200 billion Naira.
He stated this when he visited the College of Medical Sciences to receive MBBS Alumni donations to the college.
A statement issued to newsmen by the Director, Public Affairs Directorate, Auwalu Umar said, the College was really in need of such donations because of its expansion, with six new departments coming up without any existing structures.
Professor Bala said there is need to make ABU self-sustaining, especially in the light of dwindling funding from the Federal Government.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, while expressing his appreciation to the alumni informed them about the ABU endowment fund which board will be inaugurated on 16th June, 2021
He encouraged the Provost to utilize the willingness of the alumni to help the College grow to its expectation.
In his remarks, the Director of Directorate of University Advancement (DUA), Prof. Ahmed D. Ibrahim applauded the efforts of the Provost for reaching out to the alumni and also thanked the alumni for obliging.
He stated that beyond giving to the College, the DUA was reaching out to alumni to give to the University as a whole.
Ealier in his remarks, the Provost of the College, Prof. Randawa while receiving the Management team, stated that when the Faculty of Medicine was upgraded to the status of a College, it came with a lot of challenges, responsibilities and financial obligations.
Rindawa said to meet up with the financial obligations, the College reached out to its alumni and he was glad to report that all the sets of alumni that were reached out to obliged and their donations started coming in.
He said the donations to the College is worth eight million, nine hundred and ninety four thousand, five hundred Naira only (N8,994,500.00).
Items donated include 100 pieces of 4-legged classroom chairs, two pieces of spectrophotometer, one piece of PH meter, two pieces of Epson overhead projector, two pieces of HP laptops, reagents, test tubes, electric balance and HP meter. Physical works were also carried out at the medical students hostel.