ABU Allocates Female Hostels To Male Students Over Insecurity

ABU Allocates Female Hostels To Male Students Over Insecurity

By Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna

Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, said both Aliko Dangote and Shehu Idris new hostels accommodations were allocated to only male students, because of many considerations, the varsity vice Chancellor Prof.

Ibrahim Garba, has revealed.
The 10 blocks of the student hostels built at the cost of N1. 2 billion and donated to the University by Aliko Dangote Foundation was originally design for only female students, while construction of 3 blocks of 50 rooms each, at site ll, named after the Emir of Zazzau Dr. Shehu Idris, was also allocated to male students only.
However, the hostels which consist of 360 fully equipped rooms with capacity for housing 2160 students, have been allocated to only male students for reasons not be unconnected with security challenges in the country, as the two hostels blocks are far from the campus premises. In an elaborate address during the 41 convocation ceremony, in Zaria, last weekend, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba said both Aliko Dangote and Shehu Idris halls (new hostels) were allocated to only male students because of many considerations.

He said “Because of many considerations, both Aliko Dangote and Shehu Idris halls are allocated to only male students. The male students have been moved out of their largest hall of residence, the Umar Suleiman Hall which is now allocated to female students.

According to him, the arrangement has catered for and guaranteed on-campus accommodation to nearly all their female students as “they now occupied our three largest halls of residence, that is; Amina Hall, Alexander Hall, and Ribadu Hall, now Suleiman hall respectively.

But during his remarks at the commissioning of the halls named after him, at the site, the Chairman Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote insisted that should be done to allocate the hostels female.

The convocation ceremony culminated into the conferment of Award of Honorary Doctorate Degrees on Alh. Aliko Dangote and the 1st NLC President, Alh Hassan Sunmonu.In his acceptance speech, Dangote who was conferred with award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science said he was humbled by the honour, saying ABU has lived to its billing as a melting pot for ideologies by honoring renowned socialist and champion of employees rights Alh Sunmonu and himself for been a leading capitalist and investor in employment generating enterprises.

He noted that students population of the university have recorded significant increase without corresponding growth in terms infrastructure, including underfunding challenges Nigerian universities continue to grappled with, and therefore called on the federal government to consider allocating special funds to universities to enable them improved on research and upgrade infrastructure. Also in his address President Muhammadu Buhari represented by executive secretary national University Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed expressed worry over incessant strike embarked upon by university lecturers at the detriment of students and nation’s quest for education development. The construction of 3 blocks of 50 rooms each student hostels at site ll, named after the Emir of Zazzau Dr. Shehu Idris, was also commissioned during the convocation ceremony by the Emir.
The convocation ceremony witnessed the passing out of a total of 15,787 graduands of ABU Zaria, for 2017/2018 academic session, from different faculties, out which 10, 803 were bachelors degrees.

Important dignitaries including Kaduna state governor Nasir el-rufai, Senator Dino Melaye, business tycoon Femi Otedola, Chancellors, VCs, among other personalities graced the occasion held on Saturday at the main campus of the university in Zaria. 

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