12 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has urged the Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University 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 this advice when a delegation from the University led by the Vice Chancellor paid him a visit in Abuja.
While responding to the issue of alumni support through endowment raised by the Vice Chancellor, Malam Bello said it was an option that had not been fully implemented.
He encouraged the Vice Chancellor to fully exploit the possibilities and potential as a way of giving back to the society.
His words:“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”.
The Minister said that the FCT Administration would also explore the option of working closely with the Consultancy Services arm of the University for provision of the needed professional expertise.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor noted that the FCT Minister was one of the most distinguished members of the institution’s alumni, hence the visit.
The VC who admitted that the University had not kept close contacts and communication with its alumni, said this gap was one of the areas he intended to address under his tenure.
The Vice Chancellor stressed that the university required a lot of resources to manage the institution which he said currently has a student population of about 60,000 and needed to provide more facilities such as hostels, laboratories, classrooms and theaters.
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 the alumni of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria”.