Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has donated 50 units of one-bedroom semi-detached houses to the junior staff of University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri.
Zulum, while presenting the houses to the management of the institution on Monday, said his administration would also liaise with a micro-finance bank to assist the academic and non-academic staff of the university to own houses in Maiduguri.
He said that repayment of the bank’s facility would be made in instalments via salary deductions.
The governor, who is a former lecturer in the university’s Faculty of Engineering, also promised to build a befitting structure for the faculty.
“The Department of Civil Engineering has not sailed through in its accreditation struggle due to the lack of N100 million worth of equipment.
“I have directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, who is also one of us, to include this request in our 2021 budget.
“Potable water is also very important. If there is need for additional boreholes in the university, we will provide them and we will provide them in places of worship, hostels and staff quarters,” he said.
Zulum called for an amicable resolution of the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
He expressed his readiness to contribute to the collective efforts to resolve the crisis.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, thanked the governor for his sustained support to the university.
Shugaba described Zulum as a worthy ambassador, alumnus and staff member of the university.
According to him, the intervention of the Borno State Government in the critical area of housing in the institution would impact positively on the university community.
He said that the governor had also intervened in other areas, including water supply in hostels and staff quarters, since the inception of his administration.
“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; you have undertaken the rehabilitation of our mechanical workshop. The list is so long.
“So far, all of these projects donated to the university by the governor 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 university community,” Shugaba said.
Alhaji Mustafa Gubio, the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, who constructed the donated houses on the university campus, said that each apartment had a kitchen, store, veranda, lobby and corridor.