From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari has inaugurated the University Senate Building at the Main Campus, Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) and the Central Engineering Workshop, Faculty of Engineering at the Gudi Campus of the institution.
The Voice reports that the projects were funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) through its 2020 TETFund Special High Impact Project Intervention at the main campus in Keffi Local Government Area and at Gudi Campus in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state, aimed at improving working and learning conditions.
Gambari also inaugurated the World Health Organisation/Uniklinikum Institute of Molecular Diagnostic and Infectious Disease Control, Keffi centre, remodelled by Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Speaking at the inauguration of the projects held on Monday in Keffi, Gambari lauded the management of NSUK and TETFund for initiating, as well as funding the projects.
He said that the feat had the capacity and the spiral effect of stabilising the university to focus on its core mandate of teaching, research and community development.
“The Senate Building is seen as a symbol and epicentre of both academic and administrative activities of the university. This senate building is where critical and strategic policy decisions are deliberated upon.
“Equally important is the provision of the central engineering workshop which is a clear signal as to the future plans of the university and by so doing propelling the engineering programme of the university to be of the highest quality,” he said.
He also commended Governor Abdullahi Sule and the Nasarawa State government for the contributions they have made and continue to make to the growth and development of the university.
“The strongest legacy any government can bestow on its citizens is that of quality education. I have also learnt of the effort being made by the current governor which has culminatively reposition the university.
“I am happy to learn that Governor Abdullahi Sule has recently approve the establishment of the faculty of engineering and the college of medicine and health sciences, in addition to taking over the payment of staff salaries,” he added.
Gambari also lauded TETFund for proven to be a strong collaborator and a critical partner in providing strategic infrastructure to Public Tertiary Institutions across Nigeria, NSUK inclusive.
“I wish to commend the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for his policy thrust that led not only to TETFund as a funding agency to tertiary institutions in Nigeria and the management of the fund for its proactive news over the years.
“In many cases, TETFund intervention whether in federal or state institutions make a huge difference,” he said.
Also speaking, Governor Abdullahi Sule lauded Sen. Abdullahi Adamu for the vision of creating the state university, saying that with more support, NSUK will in future be one of best tertiary institutions in the country.
The governor also appreciated Shuaib for remodelling the WHO/Uniklinikum Institute aimed at improving research in the health sector.
He said the state government has also established the state Infectious Diseases Diagnostic and Research Centre in Lafia and was inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“Today, with the establishment of that centre and its full operation, the perennial diagnosis and management challenges previously experienced has become a thing of the past as treatment of such ailments are now greatly enhanced right here in Nasarawa,” he said.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary, TETFund, Arc. Sunny Echono said aside the projects in NSUK, TETFund had about 273 similar projects ready to be inaugurated in institutions across the country.
“We at TETFund are working assiduously with various institutions to ensure that we complete additional 315 projects and commission them before the end of this administration. This level of achievement is as a result of the direct consequence of the support we are receiving from President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
He, commended the management of the university for assiduously monitoring and ensuring the delivery of the projects which according to him, is expected to make work easier and operate in a more conducive environment.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed appreciated TETFund and its Executive Secretary, Arc. Echono for the intervention.
Bala-Mohammed, however, appealed to TETFund to intervene in two other areas which are construction of students hostels and fencing of the campus to provide security for staff, students and learning facilities.
He also enumerated other challenges facing the institution to include inadequate vehicles for use by students during field surveys, inadequate offices for staff, unpaved road networks, porous nature of the campuses and the urgent need to fence them among others.