Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has lamented the slow pace of development at the Maitama Sule University and promised to uplift the educational institution through provision of infrastructures and quality staffers.
According to the Governor- “During the past administration of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, (YUMSUK) the institution was so polarized and so politicized and the leadership of the University then, did not have the interest of the state at heart. There was a time when we allocated One Hundred Million Naira (N100m) for the institution, but it took the leadership of the university 3 months to come forward and collect it.”
The Governor stated these when the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kurawa and the management team visited him while the State Executive Council meeting was ongoing at the Africa House, Government House, Kano, Wednesday.
“With the new Vice Chancellor in place”, he clearly stated that, “…business it will not be as usual.” Which indicates the confidence the governor reposed in Prof. Kurawa and his style of leadership.
“The past administration of the university was not interested in moving the university forward. An action which put the University at a disadvantaged position. It sometime took a complete year without any communication from the university authority to government.
“How then could we be able to know what was militating against its progress, without any communication from the authority concerned? he asked rhetorically.
Governor Ganduje promised that, “We will try our best to complete the abandoned buildings of Faculty of Science and that of Arts and Humanities. Apart from this, our administration will look into your concern for having an effective and workable MBBS programme In Sha Allah.”
“On the issue of staffing, I assure you that we will look into that also. Since we really understand that, the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa has the university and the development of the state at heart,” he appreciated.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor commended governor’s commitment in prompting education sector and his political will, at all times, in making sure that the state excel in the area of education, like other areas.
“During my days as the Rector of Kano State Polytechnic, which you appointed me Sir, Your Excellency, you did all that was necessary to push for the development of the institution. Many programmes got accredited, we got additional courses with full accreditation, new structures were put in place, the list goes on and on,” he commended.
Prof Kurawa appreciated that, it was the first time in Kano, when a serving Rector, was also appointed as a Vice Chancellor. “This shows your deeply rooted interest in pushing the state forward.”