The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Thursday, 13th August, inaugurated Bayero University, Kano’s world-class Senate Building which was named after former Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed.
The Minister, represented by the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede congratulated the Council, Senate, Management, staff and students for having one of the most beautifully decorated edifices in the country’s tertiary institutions.
He said the secret of BUK’s rise to stardom was its harmonious working relationship among past and present management staff, saying that it has become a model that other universities in the country should follow.
“You can’t see a former Vice-Chancellor making any derogatory remarks against the incumbent one. It is only in BUK that former vice-chancellors will be working in tandem with the present one for the betterment of the system,” he said.
On naming the building after Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, the Minister said it was apt and reasonable owing to his unquantifiable contributions to the transformation agenda of the University.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed said from 1977 to date, the successive vice-chancellors have laid a formidable foundation that has transformed Bayero University and elevated its status in the country. He said they had painted the University with a picture of continuity.
The Executive Secretary of NUC commended the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello for completing the project which he had initiated and expressed appreciation that the building was named after him.
On the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the Executive Secretary charged him to do his best and continue with the tradition of setting the University in the right attitude.
Prof Rasheed further commended the Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Education, Aminu Sulaiman Goro for consistently assisting the University.
In his remark, Aminu Sulaiman Goro said the project was a manifestation of Bayero University’s gigantic steps to set the pace in the country, saying that as an alumnus he was proud to be associated with his alma mater.
He challenged the new VC to follow the footsteps of Professor Rasheed and Prof Bello, who modernized the University and sustained it respectively, pledging to continue to support the University in whatever way possible.
Two former Vice-Chancellors, Professor Ibrahim Hassan Umar and Professor Sani Zahraddeed showered their encomiums on the new Senate building. They said that the University was put under high pedestal by the successive administrations, noting that it was known ever since for judiciously utilizing funds allocated to it for meaningful projects.
They also commended the management for its decision to name the building after Professor Rasheed.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bello welcomed all members to the new Senate building, saying that the idea to erect the structure came as a dream. He thanked the almighty God for giving him the strength and capacity to complete the project initiated by his predecessor, Professor Rasheed.
“The University’s secret lies with its collective decision making and harmonious working relationship among all stakeholders including those who worked outside and came back. They are always ready to give their best to the University,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor said he thought the project couldn’t be completed in 20 years but God has made it possible to be completed. He said all the offices were furnished. He expressed optimism that the hand over with the new vice-chancellor would take place in the new building on Monday next week.