From:Ruth David, Bauchi
The New Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Belawa University (ATBU), Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, has appealed to Bauchi state indigenes who are well-to-do to invest more in the education of their children and not wait on the Federal or state government to provide everything for them that will develop their state.
Oba Rufus Adejugbe stated this when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, saying that there is no commitment from Bauchi individuals towards the development of the university.
According to him, the university is equipped with modern facilities and urged the authorities to look inwards towards the maintenance of the institution.
The Oba observed that the bulk of the buildings in both the temporary and permanent sites of the university were constructed through interventions of TeTfund, ETF and other relevant bodies with no tangible project from individuals in the State.
He frowned at individuals who are well to do but are reluctant to invest in education in Bauchi state, saying that such individuals should give back to the society.
He then appealed to the state government and the university authority to reach out to wealthy individuals for assistance so that the university can be elevated, stressing that education is the backbone of any development as such individuals should invest in education for a brighter future.
The Chancellor said that the temporary site of the University was not conducive for learning as there are distractions from various quarters and called on the state government to assist in moving the university to its permanent site.
The Oba, who came along with members of the Governing Council of the University, said that they came to Bauchi for the combined convocation of the Abubakar Tafawa Belawa University that held from 19th to 22nd of January.
In response, the Bauchi state Governor appreciated the Chancellor for the visit, saying that education is one of his priorities, and that he will do more for education in the state.
“I have allocated 20 per cent of this year’s budget to Education and I assure that my government will collaborate with the University for further development,” he said.