The Governor of Borno Prof. Babagana Zulum on Friday donated 50 units of one-bedroom semi-detached houses to University of Maiduguri for junior staff.
Presenting the houses built within the university campus to the Vice Chancellor st a ceremony, Zulum said his administration would also intervene in liaising with a micro finance bank to assist academic and non-academic staff of the university to own their personal houses in Maiduguri to be settle by installment through salary deduction.
Zulum who was a former lecturer in the university faculty of engineering also promised to build a befitting structure for the faculty.
“The Department of Civil Engineering has not scale through accreditation programme due to lack of equipment worth over N100 million, I have directed the Commissioner of Higher Education who is also one of us to include this request in our 2021 budget.
“Portable water is also very important, if there is a need for additional boreholes in the university we will provide as well as places of worship in hostel and staff quarters,” Zulum said.
The governor who spoke assisting in sponsoring lecturers for studies within and outside the country, urged for an amicable solution to the lingering ASUU strike and expressed his commitment to help in the effort to resolve the crisis.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, who thanked the governor for his sustained support to the university described Zulum as a worthy Ambassador as an alumnus and staff of the university.
Shugaba said the intervention of the Borno government in the critical area of housing facing the institution would impact positively on the university community.
Shugaba said since his assumption of office as governor, Zulum apart from housing programmes for both senior and junior staff had intervened in various areas particularly water supply in hostels and staff quarters.
“We have received enormous financial and material support from you in the areas of security.
“You have also intervened in providing teaching and research tools, and had undertaken the rehabilitation of our mechanical work shop. The list is so long.
“So far, all of these projects donated to the university by his Excellency was not at the request of the university. He has chosen to do so because he cares for education, and he is part of the community,” the vice chancellor said.
In his remarks, the Borno Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement who constructed the houses, Alhaji Mustafa Gubio, said the one bedroom semi-detached houses for junior staff of the university were self contain with kitchen, store, veranda, lobby and a corridor.