By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has received Dr. Daniel Lorenzo Almeida from Universitat Rovira I Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain, for an Erasmus + staff mobility training at the University.
A statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of the University said the Spanish scholar, an architect and urban & regional planner by training, who called on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala in his office, said he will rigorously interact with his colleagues at seminars organised by Departments of Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning.
The visiting scholar had earlier told the Vice-Chancellor that Erasmus + Mobility Programme was the most successful educational project in Europe, saying that the programme was indeed an opportunity to see and interact with different people around the world.
Dr. Almeida, thanked the university for the warm reception accorded him since his arrival in the University at the weekend, pointed out that the programme was not only for academics, as it also catered for other professionals.
Receiving the scholar, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, described Ahmadu Bello University as the root of the practice of both architecture and urban & regional planning in Nigeria.
This, according to him, was on account that architecture training in the country started at the University in 1956, while that of urban and regional planning began in the early 1970s.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Ahmed Doko Ibrahim, stressed that the Erasmus + inter – institutional agreement 2020 – 2023 between ABU and Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona was signed by both parties.
Prof. Bala urged the Spanish scholar to take advantage of his coming to visit different historical places in Zaria, particularly the Palace of the Emir of Zazzau to appreciate some of Nigeria’s traditional architecture.
While wishing him a happy stay in ABU, the Vice-Chancellor also said that the University would certainly learn from the knowledge he would share, just as he too would gain from what the University would have.
The Vice-Chancellor was assisted in receiving the visitor by the Registrar, Malam Rabiu Samaila; Ag. University Librarian, Malam Abdulhamid Liman Gambo; and Director, Directorate of University Advancement, Prof. Sani Abba Aliyu, mni.
The Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Dr. Ashiru Bello and his Architecture counterpart, Prof. Abdullahi Abubakar, led the team that accompanied the visiting scholar to the Vice-Chancellor for the courtesy call.
Those on the entourage are Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science, Prof. Umar Sullayman; Dr. Yakubu Aliyu Bununu, Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Dr. Faisal Umar Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Malam Ahmed Zakaria, Directorate of University Advancement; Hajiya Salima B. Mohammed, Directorate of University Advancement.
Others include Prof. Abubakar Ahmed, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring; Dr. Joy Joshua Maina, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring; Prof. Bello Mukhtar, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring; and Dr. Mudashir O. Gafar, Department of Architecture.