Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.
Presenting the items, the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Babagana Malumbe, said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation.
Malumbe said that the Gov. Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state.
He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department, Gov. Zulum after receiving the request, directed the ministry to act.
“We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation.
“He (Zulum) directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment,” Malumbe said.
Recieving the equipment, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty.
Shugaba, who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department, promised to intervene which he now did.
Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.
Buhari made the call on Friday in Maiduguri at the maiden Special Convocation Ceremony and conferment of Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Maiduguri on Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Chairman, Oriental Energy Resources Ltd. The president was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari.
“Its more appropriate that we say something about this ASUU strike because we are celebrating Alhaji Indimi who is celebrated hugely for advancement of quality education not only in this country.
“In this regard, I want to convey President Muhammadu Buhari call for ASUU to call off thier strike and return to classroom”.
The president said negotiations had gone far, and for ASUU to continue the strike under such condition was counter productive.
Accorcing to him, such prolong interruption of education is undermining the nation’s development of human capital.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba said the maiden special convocation was to give honour to Indimi for his contribution to educational development at home and abroad.
He urged the Federal Government, ASUU and other unions in the university to resolve the lingering strike to save the education sector.
Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo lauded the peaceful atmosphere in Maiduguri, adding that, “what I saw is contrary to the picture being painted outside”.
Obasanjo lauded the effort of Borno government and other stakeholders for the relative peace in the state and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He congratulated Indimi for the honour bestowed on him, describing him as “a self made man as shown by his struggled to greatness in life”.
For his part, Indimi expressed gratitude to God for the honour done to him and reiterated commitment to selfless service to humanity.
Prof. Saliba James, who read the citation of the celebrant, said that Indimi had distinguished himself in promoting educational development within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
“Indimi has been providing remarkable help to the vulnerable and downtrodden people in the society irrespective of where they come from.
“He has supported many indigent students in Borno, his home state and even in far away states like Akwa Ibom. “It is on record that Alhaji (Dr.) Indimi has provided vital education infrastructure in International University of Africa (IUA), Sudan; in far away Lynn University, Florida, USA, and of course not forgetting to mention this multi-billion Naira magnificent edifice where we are right now seated and holding this Special Convocation today in this University.
“I believe that his best is yet to come”, James said.
By Vivian Ihechu of News Agency of NigeriaEulogies and encomiums continued to trail the passing of Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who joined his ancestors on April 22.Following his demise, religious, traditional, political leaders as well as citizens continued to pay glowing tributes on the contributions of Alaafin Adeyemi III to Oyo, to Yoruba race and to Nigeria.Recognising his worth to the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari extolled the virtues of Alaafin Adeyemi III whose reign covered major historic transitions in the country.He affirmed that his 52 years rule was remarkable in many ways, with the most significant being on human development.“He encouraged learning as a culture and formal education as a necessity,’’ the president noted.President Buhari said the departed traditional ruler participated in numerous national meetings and conferences to shape the future of the country and shared “living words of wisdom’’ at every opportunity on unity and people-focused governance.He also lauded the late traditional ruler for promoting values of peace and stability.The Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, regarded the death of the Alaafin as “a huge loss to the state, to Nigeria and to Yoruba race”.“He was an ever-supportive royal father and a worthy leader, who spared nothing in trying to make Oyo State and Nigeria greater.“Kabiyesi’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.“Apart from Oyo State losing its last man standing in the rank of experienced traditional rulers with long years of royal leadership, it has also lost a royal institution and an authority.Oba Adeyemi’s transition marked the end of another glorious era in traditional rulership in Yoruba land, in Nigeria, in Africa, in the Americas, in the Caribbean and in other climes where the Alaafin had taken the ‘gospel’ of the distinctiveness of the Yoruba race.Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, also described the passage of the Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, as a loss to the entire Oduduwa race worldwide.Ooni Ogunwusi, who doubles as the Natural Head of the Oduduwa race worldwide, confirmed the late Alaafin to have been a worthy elder whose entire life was dedicated to the promotion of the prestigious Yoruba culture and advancement of humanity.“We have lost a great icon, a great ruler, who saw Oyo through civilisation and modern development without jettisoning the cultural sacredness of the throne first occupied by Alaafin Oranmiyan, The Great.“Ile Oodua Palace and the Ooni had a great working relationship with the late Alaafin who gave his best in resolving major conflicts in Yoruba land and uniting all sons and daughters of Oduduwa globally among other landmark achievements.“The late Alaafin was one of the privileged elders that contributed to the growth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also saw the country through military and democratic eras with unquantifiable positive inputs,’’ he said.“While the demise of Oba Adeyemi would be greatly missed for his indelible imprint as a great descendant of Oduduwa, the Ooni urges the entire House of Oduduwa worldwide to continue to pray for the deceased’s family and for Oyo indigenes at this trying time.“May Almighty Olodumare also be with the Oyomesi (Oyo chiefs) at this critical time that may challenge the culture and traditions of their ancestors in the process of burial rites and the process of selecting the next Alaafin.“The position of Alaafin is too culturally important to be handled in a way that undermines our collective traditions and culture.“God shall solidly stand with the Oyomesi and the entire Oyo kingdom,’’ the Ooni prayed.A former governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, affirmed the late Oba Adeyemi III to be a strong pillar of arts, culture and tradition.“Kabiyesi took upon himself the task of promoting Nigerian arts and culture for which he received many ambassadorial awards in Nigeria and beyond.“In recognition of his important contributions to peace, religious harmony and stability in Nigeria, the nation gifted him the award of Commander of the Federal Republic.“Alaafin was one of the most influential, greatly respected traditional rulers in Yoruba land, in Nigeria and indeed in Africa and beyond.“Alaafin fostered harmony and brought prosperity and development to the ancient Oyo Kingdom.“He was loved by his people, wisely ruling for 52 years.“An elder statesman and patriot, Alaafin Adeyemi III was bold and courageous. He spoke truth to power.“His interventions in national affairs helped the nation to navigate difficult moments and helped to usher a more just society. He played vital roles in the struggle for democracy, working assiduously towards the establishment of our democracy.“The Black race has lost a titan who will be sorely missed,’’ Tinubu said.Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti also eulogised the late Alaafin of Oyo as a bridge builder, patriot and courageous leader who contributed to Nigeria’s unity during his lifetime.Fayemi, Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum, described the deceased as a distinguished first class Oba, who brought dignity, respect and glamour to the traditional institution and made it relevant in the quest for a better society.“Oba Adeyemi was an authority in history and blessed with a sharp memory which added value and class to his royal duties and day-to-day interaction with people from different walks of life.“He operated an open door policy and always made his wise counsel available to political leaders, irrespective of their party affiliations.“The late traditional ruler was a man of many parts. He never disappointed in the performance of his royal duties and other roles he was privileged to have played, which spanned sectors like administration, politics, education, religion and sports, among others,’’ he said.Fayemi noted also that Oba Adeyemi III spoke truth to power without playing to the gallery, defending the culture and traditions of Yoruba race with panache and passion.Chief (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi, widow of former Ajimobi of Oyo State, described him as regal and noble in the real meaning of the words.She said helped to develop the ancient town of Oyo and his reign was progressive.“Alaafin’s reign witnessed tremendous progress in the ancient town of Oyo leading to peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the people.“His death was a major loss to the people of the ancient town of Oyo, Oyo State and to Nigeria. His sage and wise counsel would be missed by all and sundry.“As we mourn the passage of this unparalleled bridge-builder, let us take consolation in the words of former American President, Abraham Lincoln who said: “in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.’’“Baba packed tremendous, impactful activities in his years and these have left indelible marks that will continue to live long after him.“I share in the grief of the Oyomesi, the Oyo people, Oyo State and Nigeria,’’ she said.The Chief Imam of Oyo, Sheikh Moshood Ajokidero, said he contributed his quota to the development of Oyo Town, to Oyo State and to Nigeria in general.He said Adeyemi impacted on the lives of many people positively and would forever be remembered for his good deeds.“Oba Adeyemi was our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership.“He became a golden king, an institution and an authority rolled into one by virtue of his immense experience, wisdom and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty and politics.“Oba Adeyemi, not only elevated the Alaafin throne with his knowledge and wisdom, he became a worthy exemplar for royal leadership in Africa and brought glory to Oyo State and to Nigeria.“Kabiyesi never spared anything in his stride to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream.“His words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.“It is my prayer that God accepts Kabiyesi’s soul into heaven and upholds everyone and everything he left behind,’’ he said.Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Oyo State, Chief Bayo Lawal, said the demise of Alaafin Adeyemi III created a vacuum hat would be difficult to fill demise.Paula Gomez, the Alaafin’s Cultural Ambassador, said the late traditional ruler was a great man, mentor and father to everybody.Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, described Oba Adeyemi III as one who demonstrated unparalleled passion and commitment to the development of education in general and to the University of Maiduguri where he served as Pro-Chancellor.The women folk are not left out in paying glowing tributes to Alaafin Adeyemi III.Chief (Mrs) Mutiat Ladoja, wife of former Gov. Ladoja of Oyo State, regarded his demise as the loss of a father figure and a counsellor to Oyo State in general.“There is no doubt that Oba Lamidi Adeyemi lived a long and fulfilled life having been on the throne of his fathers for 52 years as Alaafin Oyo.“Iku Baba Yeye was an astute custodian of culture and tradition that cannot be easily forgotten.“This quality was evident in practically all areas of his life, most especially in the practice and sustainability of Yoruba core cultural values and ethics,’’ she said.The former governor’s wife and Agba-Akin Iyalode of Ibadan land, said the late Alaafin was deeply rooted in Yoruba historical knowledge with flare for research and development.Ladoja said that Oba Adeyemi III lived a caring family life by relating across generational divide within and outside his domain.“His love for sporting activities also brought him close to so many social circles and remained very relevant till his departure from mother earth.“Baba so much believed in airing his thoughts and beliefs no matter whose ox was gored. His quality as a public commentator and wealth of knowledge shall be greatly missed,’’ she said.Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe also commended Alaafin Adeyemi III as being a reference point on the culture of the Yoruba.Akande, Chairman, House Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, said: “The Yoruba race has lost an encyclopaedia of culture in the death of Oba Adeyemi.“ Kabiyesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, was one of the most revered royal fathers in Africa.“The late traditional ruler contributed meaningfully to the socio-cultural development and economic growth of Oyo State,’’ she said.The Grand Council of Yoruba Youths also spoke through its President-General, Mr Bamiji Awa, who lamented that the Alaafin passed on when his wisdom and counsel were most needed.Alaafin Adeyemi III was married to about 13 Oloris (wives) and had no fewer than 20 children and many grandchildren.The oloris are Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, Ayaba Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi, Ayaba Mujidat Adeyemi, Ayaba Rukayat Adeyemi, Ayaba Folashade Adeyemi, and Ayaba Basirat Ajoke Adeyemi.Others are Ayaba Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi, Ayaba Omobolanle Adeyemi, Ayaba Moji Adeyemi, Ayaba Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, and Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.One of his sons, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, remembered his father with respect and admiration.Prince Adeyemi said the Alaafin reconciled with almost everybody he had differences with before his death.A member of House of Representatives, representing Afijio, Oyo East, Oyo West and Atiba Federal Constituency, Prince Adeyemi said his father was a core traditionalist and defender of Yoruba culture.“It is a pity we lost a man who gave Oyo its true name, a man who truly represented Yoruba culture; a symbol of Yoruba tradition.“An epitome of knowledge and wisdom is gone.“We love him and we are celebrating a life well spent; the legacy he left behind is for us to always to defend Yoruba and always say the truth, no matter whose ox is gored.“Alaafin lived his entire life in service to humanity and loved his people as a king and served them till his death,’’ he said.Alaafin Adeyemi III was physically present to celebrate his daughter, Miss Adedoja Adeyemi, on her successful feat, when she received a Master’s degree in African and Diaspora Studies.That was at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, during the 52nd convocation of University of Lagos, in January 2022. Alaafin Adeyemi 111 and daughter, AdedojaFor instance, he was present to celebrate his daughter, Miss Adedoja Adeyemi, on her successful feat, when she received a Master’s degree in African and Diaspora Studies from the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, during the 52nd convocation ceremony of University of Lagos, in January 2022.Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi 111 was laid to rest on Saturday, April 23, 2022 after the chief imam of Oyo land, Masud Ajokidero, performed the Janazah, an Islamic rite on the deceased around 12 noon.Many attest that Alaafin Adeyemi 111 was indeed a bridge builder, courageous leader, custodian of culture, repository of Yoruba culture, history and tradition, a progressive, lover of education and sports who contributed meaningfully to socio-cultural development, economic and political growth of Oyo, Yoruba, Nigeria and the diaspora.His sterling leadership, sustained fatherly guidance, support and understanding of peaceful coexistence and progress are just a few of his highlighted virtues.Many attested that Alaafin Adeyemi III was indeed a bridge builder, courageous leader, and custodian of culture, repository of Yoruba culture, history and tradition.Many others described him as a progressive lover of education and sports who contributed meaningfully to socio-cultural development, economic and political growth of Oyo, of Yoruba, of Nigeria and of the diaspora.His sterling leadership, sustained fatherly guidance, support and understanding of peaceful coexistence and progress are just a few of his highlighted virtues.Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was born on Oct. 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House and was a member of the House of Oranmiyan. He was the son of late Raji Adeniran Adeyemi who became Alaafin in 1945.He was laid to rest on Saturday, April 23, after the Chief Imam of Oyo, Masud Ajokidero, performed the Jannazah, an Islamic rite on the deceased.Popularly called “Iku Baba Yeye’’, Alaafin Adeyemi III lost his mother, Ibironke, when he was young.During his late childhood stage, Lamidi lived briefly at Iseyin where he learnt the basic rudiments of Islam.He was crowned in December 1970 at the age of 31 years, to become the first-ever learned Alaafin and one of the youngest traditional rulers in Yoruba land.Alaafin Adeyemi III started his Quranic School in Iseyin, while staying with the headmaster of St. Andrews Primary School (now St. Andrews College, Oyo) before proceeding to live with the Alake of Egba, Oba Oladepo Ademola, in his Abeokuta, Ogun, palace.He attended Obalende Modern School and Tinubu Methodist School in Lagos, passing his entrance examination into secondary schools in Lagos Island with two offers to study at Igbobi College, Yaba or St. Gregory’s College, Obalende.He chose to attend St. Gregory’s College in accordance with his guardian, Sir Kofoworola Abayomi’s wish.Young Adeyemi loved boxing.He left St. Gregory’s College with very good grades and had the choice to study Law or Economics or Public Relations.He chose to study Law, but that changed when his father, Alaafin Adeyemi II was deposed.He was offered a job at the Royal Exchange Assurance, Lagos and he made the best of every situation fate presented him, writing articles under pen names in newspapers.Some of his writings were: “I shall be great (1968), “I shall be the next Alaafin’’ and “Women liberation, A misnomer in Yoruba land.’’Alaafin Adeyemi III was consulted on many national issues by states and all federal governments, military and civilian alike from 1971 during the tenure of deceased Gen. Christopher Oluwole Rotimi as defunct Oyo state governor until the civilian government of deceased President Umaru Yar’AduaAlafin was the permanent Chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State until May 3, 2011, when deceased Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala, passed a law rotating the office between the Alaafin, the Olubadan and Soun Ogbomoso.In 1980, Alaafin Adeyemi III was appointed as the pioneering Chancellor of the then newly-established University of Sokoto, now Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, for first four-year tenure.He was reappointed two times and was the Chancellor till 1992.Within those periods, he presented several academic and reasoned memoranda on university education and on contemporary issues which were published both nationally and internationally.The university, in appreciation of his contributions and achievements, honoured him with the Degree of Doctor of Letters (LL.D), Honorius Causa.Until his transition, he was the Pro-Chancellor of the University of MaiduguriIn January 1988, Alaafin Adeyemi III installed late Chief MKO Abiola as the Aare Ona Kankanfo in recognition of Abiola’s contributions to the social, economic, cultural and political development of Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.Sitting Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, described Alaafin Adeyemi as a symbol of true Yoruba distinct values and heritage, and observed that he was the only Alaafin who installed two consecutive Aare Onakakanfo ever.Among the Yoruba, the Alaafin is presumed to be the supreme head of all the kings and princes in Yoruba land, being one of the direct descendants of Oduduwa, the progenitor of Yoruba race.Alaafin (Owner of the Palace) is the title of the emperor of the Old Oyo Empire.Present day Oyo is recognised by its natives as the ‘New Oyo’ (Ọyọ Atiba) to differentiate it from the former capital to the north, ‘Old Oyo’ (Ọyọ-Ile), which was deserted as a result of rumours of war.The Old Oyo used to be about 133 kilometres to the north of its present site on the borders of what is now Northern Nigeria.Oyo Atiba, the present day is 55 kilometres north of Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.In the ancient days, the Alaafin was an absolute ruler eulogised as “Iku Baba Yeye’’ (The one who can command death or pronounce death on anyone without a challenge), Kabiyesi (the one who cannot be questioned), Alashe (The authority or Igbakeji Orisha (Second-in-Command to gods).History has it that the Alaafin Oyo is the seventh grandsons of Oduduwa, who eventually became king, laying the foundation for Yoruba civilisation.Until Friday, April 22, 2022, there were eight Alaafin in Oyo with the first being Alaafin Olatunbosun Adeleye Atiba and 2nd one being Alaafin Adeolu Olujide.The third was Alaafin Adeyemi I (Alowolodu bi Iyere) the grandfather of the immediate past Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi, the fourth was, Alaafin Lawani Agogo-Ija, the fifth was, Alaafin Ladigbolu Siyanbola I (Afasegbojo) and the sixth was Alaafin Afolabi Adeniran Adeyemi II, the father of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.The seventh Alaafin was Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II, while the eighth was Alaafin Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.On Friday, April 22, 2022, Oba Adeyemi III joined his ancestors at the age of 83 years after reigning for 52 years, the longest serving Alaafin ever. 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Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri has described the demise of its Pro-Chancellor, Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, as a painful exit.
Shugaba said this in a statement released in Maiduguri on Saturday.
He said Oba Adeyemi has demonstrated unparalleled passion, and commitment to the development of education in Nigeria in general, and the University of Maiduguri where he served as Pro-Chancellor.
The VC said the late Alaafin would specifically be remembered for his sterling leadership, sustained fatherly guidance, support and understanding of peaceful coexistence and progress of the university.
“As the university community mourns his painful exit, may I, on behalf of the Council, Senate, top Management Committee, staff, and students of the University, extend our condolences to the Visitor, President, Muhammadu Buhari, Government of Oyo State, members of his immediate family and the entire Oyo Kingdom.
“We pray to Allah to grant him Jannatul-Firdaus Ameen,” Shugaba said. (NAN) (
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) has acquired the digital capability to allow its students to interact and take lessons from anywhere in the world.
Osinbajo said this on Thursday at the formal handover of the Muhammadu Indimi International Learning Center and International Conference Center to the UNIMAID leadership in Maiduguri.
The facility that was built and donated to university philanthropist Muhammadu Indimi was inaugurated in Buhari in December 2021.
The vice president praised Indimi for the gesture, adding that, over the years, the institution has made progress in developing human capacity in the country.
“UNIMAID has trained many great Nigerians, including the current President of the Senate, the CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd. group and ours, Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno.
“ For UNIMAID to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the world, it needs more investment; that investment cannot come only from the government.
“The vision of the future and the innovation to imagine; conceiving and building a hub that allows Maiduguri students to interact and take lessons from Shanghai, Houston or Paris is exactly what is needed for this institution to keep pace with and in some ways lead the ongoing educational innovation we are experiencing.
“This hub will also allow students to enroll in UNIMAID from Abuja, Lagos or even Johannesburg, expanding the University's enrollment base and providing more options for students to learn and interact.”
Osinbajo said that the Federal Government will also continue to invest in universities.
According to him, UNIMAID is in phase 2 of the Energizing Education Program financed through the Rural Electrification Agency.
“The Federal Government through REA, in partnership with the World Bank, is in advanced stages of establishing a 12MW Hybrid Solar Power Plant to power UNIMAID and its Teaching Hospital.
“The project will also include a training center and builds on similar projects that have already been completed at Bayero Kano University (BUK), Makurdi Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM), Usman Danfodio Sokoto University (UDUS) and the Alex Federal Ekwueme. Ndufu-Alike University (FUNAI).
“Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that through the approved Economic Sustainability Plan, NNPC, REA and Yola DISCO are partnering with my office and the Borno Governor's Office to implement 30MW of solar power in critical areas of Maiduguri.
“There will be six solar plants of 5MW each to increase the supply of the network and protect against energy sabotage.
"Let me also say that the efforts of the federal government and private individuals can only be truly useful when the state government is serious about development."
He said that Zulum had demonstrated the benefits inherent in partnering the government with the private sector,
Osinbajo said the governor had built several mega-schools, massive shopping malls, more than 8,000 housing units, and the first overpass in Borno.
The Vice President said that it was moving and commendable that all of Zulum's achievements were at such a low cost.
According to the vice president, education is the spark behind each girl and boy to maximize their individual potential.
He said that Indimi's work through his foundation has continued to focus on education as a core area.
“Let me again commend and congratulate Indimi on the completion of this historic project and the successful delivery of the International Learning Center,” he said.
In his speech, Zulum said he was particularly pleased with the vice president's presence as the projects were another milestone in the state.
The governor said that Indimi's humanitarian and philanthropic efforts have had a great impact on the lives of the people of the state.
In her remarks, Indimi thanked the vice president for honoring the occasion.
She said her gesture was born out of her passion for education and empowerment.
Earlier in his speech, UNIMAID Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aliyu Shugaba expressed the deep gratitude of the Borno people and government to Indimi.
He said Indimi's gesture was the first of its kind in Nigeria.
The event attracted members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council, state officials, traditional rulers, among others.
A former Governor of Borno, Senator Kashim Shettima, urged the federal government to harness its resources and grow the nation's economy.
Shettima made the appeal at the 2022 Maiduguri University Alumni Association (UNIMAID) Annual General Conference, in Abuja on Monday.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the event was: “Alumni Association as a Vehicle for National Development”.
Shetima in her comment explained that opportunities can only be created when resources are used properly to provide jobs to the population.
“The most important thing for us as a nation is to come together and take advantage of our resources and grow our economy. Opportunities abound when properly harnessed to provide jobs for millions of Nigerians,” she said.
He also added that college alumni associations should be actively involved at various levels of character building and socioeconomics.
He said that alumni associations play a vital role in building and improving the image of institutions.
Dr. Mohammed Dikwa, founder of Al Ansar Foundation, a Non-Governmental Institution (NGO), made a presentation on the theme: “Entrepreneurship and SMEs as a Panacea for National Development”.
Dikwa explained that the main objective of the presentation was to show the significant effect of entrepreneurship towards economic prosperity and national development.
He explained how entrepreneurs could be instrumental in promoting national growth in new and existing industries, strengthening regional economic expansion in both developed and developing countries.
However, he said that some of the challenges faced by entrepreneurship in Nigeria are lack of easy access to finance, inadequate documentation of business proposals, and lack of appropriate and adequate collateral.
“The high cost of administration and management of small loans, the high interest rates, the discrimination of banks, which are risk averse to lend to SMEs, especially start-ups, are also responsible.
“There is also competition for import tariffs, which sometimes favor imported finished products,” he said.
Earlier, the president of the UNIMAID Alumni Association, Mr. Baba Shettima-Kukawa, said that the recently launched Entrepreneurship Development Center as well as the UNIMAID Alumni Market aimed to promote entrepreneurial skills among its members.
He added that various engagements focused on building partnerships between the association and some government agencies were underway, while calling for support for UNIMAID as it is currently facing some difficulties, made worse by the insurgency and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, who was represented by Prof. Mohammed Musa, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, said that the University has always supported all its alumni chapters across the country.
Shugaba also praised the chapters at home and abroad for making the institution proud.
The highlight of the event was the launch of the association's Business Development Center and a Secretariat for UNIMAID Alumni, FCT Chapter and the celebration of the day with the market exhibition.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Alhaji Kashim Imam, has said that no less than 10,000 projects and more than 30,000 trainings have been carried out for the staff of various tertiary institutions.
Imam, unveiled this on Monday in Maiduguri during a joint TETFund/FIRS interactive forum with the theme: "Improving Education Development Tax (EDT) collection in the post-pandemic era."
According to Kashim, the projects are complete or ongoing, such as auditoriums, laboratories, lecture halls in 226 tertiary institutions across the country.
“Last year alone, we designated 12 universities as centers of excellence and funded those universities to the tune of N12 billion, that is, one billion each to fund research.
“We reproduce that with six polytechnics and six faculties of education. These are in addition to several other interventions,” Kashim said.
Kashim said the interactive session was designed to bring heads together with the staff of the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) who are responsible for the collection of the education tax and also an opportunity for the fund to account for itself.
In his speech, the President of FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, who spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the generation of income affecting TETFund, assured that things have started to improve.
Nami, who represented Abba, the Director Tax Operating Group, FIRS, spoke about the main innovations to improve revenue collection and assured TETFund of the service's support to fulfill its mandate.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, represented by Prof. Mohammed Laminu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Administration, praised TETFund for its support of tertiary institutions, adding that without the fund many institutions would have had been crippled.
“We don't know where we (the institutions) would be without TETund. We really thank the government for TETFund,” said Shugaba.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that highlights of the occasion included testimonials from those who benefited from TETFUND's training.
There was also the presentation of a document on the activities of TETFund Innenne, the Director of Strategic Planning and Development of TETFund, who represented the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.
Professor Aliyu Shugaba, Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, said the university's Center for Peace, Diplomacy and Development received a $300,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation for research.
Shugaba revealed this at the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that the university was engaging with the foundation to be able to do some research in the areas of peace and development.
According to him, there has been internal funding from the university but it only allows staff to be trained inside or outside the university.
“To go abroad, we have always relied on TETFund's allocation for the training and development of academic staff for master's and doctoral programs, where they are permitted in designated areas acceptable to the university senate.
“In addition, the individual efforts of the staff lead them to obtain sponsorship from donor agencies for scholarships in particular areas of research.
“But with the insecurity that has been going on in the region, many international organizations are finding better ways to help the university do research and other things.
"Also, our Center for Peace, Diplomacy and Development Studies was given $300,000 to be able to do some research, particularly research that touches on peace and development," he said.
The vice chancellor added that the Northeast Development Commission had also assisted the university in the area of reducing violent extremism.
He said other areas of financial support from other international organizations were being explored to help the institution become more focused and conduct research and development that would translate into the development of the nation.
According to him, the secret of being recognized in the research areas is based on the correct vision and mission of the university towards the achievement of glory and excellence.
“As vice chancellor, we cannot afford to fail in that area. Now our own College of Medical Sciences has been previously designated since 1986 as a Center of Excellence.
“The law school has also been a center of excellence for the study of law.
“Recently, TETFund has pumped money into our Center for Dryland Studies to make it a center of excellence for dryland research.
"Therefore, we will continue to consider all of this as the criteria and we will not allow a situation where our own achievements are brought down," he said.
The Vice Chancellor therefore praised TETfund for helping to improve the institution's facilities and training its workforce.
He said that this development has resulted in the training of some 395 professors, adding that more manpower is also being trained at the master's and doctoral level.Keep reading
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, says that the institution has developed several academic programs to help combat insecurity.
Shugaba made this known when he appeared on the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja.
He said that the region had faced the problems of insecurity in the last 12 years, noting that by taking office in 2019, he was able to safeguard the school environment.
According to him, the last two and a half years have been hectic at the university with achievements here and there.
“We have been able to record some successes even in difficult areas.
"I want to say that one of our biggest challenges in the last 12 years is the problem of insecurity," he said.
He also said that he made sure that all the reports that had been submitted to the federal government on the issue of security and the perimeter fence of the school were followed up on.
`ʻI was very lucky that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the funds to build the fence and also to put some security devices inside the university campus.
“This is to be able to handle the issue of insecurity that is always harassing us.
"The security devices have been installed successfully and we are using them to monitor certain things," he said.
Shugaba said that due to the challenges of insecurity, the institution started the processes of development projects, infrastructure and academic development.
According to him, so many projects have come up within the university including classrooms, student hostels and road construction.
The Vice Chancellor thanked well-intentioned Nigerians for their role in development projects within the school environment.
He praised Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, founder of Oriental Energy Resources, and Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group for building innovation centers at the institution.
According to Shugaba, there are ongoing projects, like the one donated by BUA, costing more than a billion naira to build an innovation center and other things.
“We have also created a center for the study of violent extremism; we have also devised an expanded center for energy research and training.
“We have come up with so many programs, including B.Sc Biotechnology, B.Sc Nutrition and Dietetic, and many other degree programs that we feel are necessary for college.
“We came up with an environmental studies college that was looking to incorporate Architecture, Building Engineering and many other programs.
“ The most important thing is also that we have some intervention projects even from individuals and agencies like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that provided the entire Department of Oil and Gas Engineering.
“Individuals like Alhaji Mohammed Indimi have also provided us with a structure that will now house the Distance Learning Center as well as the Business School and our affiliated universities,” he said.
He promised that other projects undertaken would soon be completed.Keep reading
The University of Maiduguri says it is one of the best universities in the country despite security challenges at its location.
Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, Vice-Chancellor of the university, expressed this opinion at the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja.
Shugaba, who supported his claim with evidence from the National Universities Commission (NUC), said the institution had records of success in different areas under its belt.
He said that the university had been fulfilling its mandate, especially in the area of continued academic activities and community service, despite security challenges in the region.
“We have been able to record some successes even in difficult areas. There was no day that we closed the university even at the height of the insurgency.
“In fact, there is evidence to suggest that even NUC agrees that we are one of the best universities in the country.
“NUC has clearly indicated that our own affiliation with other colleges of education has been very well mentored by us,” he said.
He noted that at that time the insurgency was very high, NUC could not put together a single team to go to Maiduguri for the purpose of accreditation.
“So we were granted a waiver to continue our teaching, research, and community service mandate.
“Then a few years later, when things started to settle down, now we had the situation where NUC started sending teams to come and accredit our programs.
“We went through accreditation and got full accreditation for some of our programs and some of them we got provisional accreditation, but we continued to work hard and got accreditation,” he said.
He further said that currently, all university programs have full accreditation except “Civil and Water Resources Engineering”.
“But we have put enough resources; we have injected about N200 million through the appropriation budget, even the Borno government has also injected some facilities.”
Shugaba also said that in recent years the university had started to register research successes and said that it registered about five patents and made a breakthrough in registering them.
“Now we are seeing the commercialization of them.
“Our own School of Medical Sciences has also been previously designated since 1986 as a center of excellence, as has the law school,” he explained.Keep reading