CBN Spends N6bn On ABU Business School

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spent about N6 billion to establish a business school in the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, made this known on Saturday at ABU’s 40th convocation ceremony held at its main campus, Samaru, Zaria.

Garba said that the business school had begun as a faculty, covering Accounting, Business Administration and Economics Departments.

The vice said that the development gave room for expansion of the departments and introduction of related academic programmes.

He said that the ABU’s Faculty of Medicine had been transformed into ABU College of Health Sciences and headed by a provost.

“The college has taken off with four faculties of Basic Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences and Allied Health Sciences.

“Along with this development is the commencement of three new academic programmes beginning from 2017/2018 session.

“These are Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences and B.Sc. Medical Radiography,” he said.

The vice-chancellor said that the university had introduced e-learning methodology in academic delivery to tackle growth in the number of students.

Garba said that the e-learning was in line with developments in pedagogy and technology.

He said that ABU last year introduced four additional courses in its Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He said that the university had continued to improve and expand the existing facilities for teaching and research within the limit of available resources.

Garba said that the university was using Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Presidential Need Assessment Intervention Fund to execute the projects.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Kachalla-Baru, said at the occasion that he was impressed by the performance of 50 of the graduating students who had first class degree in different fields.

He announced NNPC’s scholarship up to PhD level for the overall best student with Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.93, Mr Al-Amin Bashir-Bugaje from Electrical Engineering Department.

“NNPC will sponsor him fully to wherever he wants to study in this world up to PhD. Level,” he said.

Kamchatka-Baru said that NNPC had been at the forefront of fostering education in Nigeria.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the ABU Chancellor, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, said: “Since my installation as the Chancellor of this university on Nov. 1, 2015, I have found this university to be vibrant and promising.

“It has enormous human and material resources and a number of specialised research institutes, particularly agro-based ones.

“These institutes include the Institute for Agricultural Research, National Animal Production Research Institute and National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services.’’

He said that the institutes had over the years made significant contributions to the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy.


The Story Of Dino Of ABU By Azu Ishiekwene

We’re in trouble, but that’s not the worst part. The real tragedy is that we don’t know that we don’t know.

It took one week and a Senate summons for the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Professor Ibrahim Garba, to say that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from ABU.

And even then, his testimony left more questions than answers. In response to repeated press enquiries, ABU had promised to take a public position on Wednesday. But for reasons that can only damage the school’s reputation, it made a U-turn, saying it would not make any comment until invited to do so by the Senate Ethics Committee.

When SaharaReporters sent the same enquiry to Harvard University and the London School of Economics, some clerks at the registry responded without dragging any vice chancellor into the matter.

But see the mess we have here – a vice chancellor having sleepless nights over the results of a student who claimed to have graduated less than two decades ago. The lack of transparency in ABU’s handling of the matter creates the impression that the school has something to hide.

The vice chancellor chose the easy way out, as I suspect a number of vice chancellors in the country today would do. The records in ABU and elsewhere are in such an appalling state that even if this certificate saga involved a 2016 graduate, ABU might still not be able to say for sure if the graduate was genuine or fake.

Until schools and other public institutions begin to take recordkeeping seriously, this sort of nonsense will continue.

If Professor Garba chose to err on the side of caution – either to fend off any further scrutiny from the press or to avoid any legal battle with Melaye’s army of lawyers – he can be sure that his nightmare is not over yet. Since the matter is in court, he will, at some stage, mount the witness box to explain exactly which Melaye’s result he testified about in the Senate.

And he can be sure that on that day, Aje kun iya (Melaye’s latest theme song) will not playing in the background.

Melaye’s convocation gown is not big enough to conceal the lingering doubts about his certificate. If he lied about Harvard and LSE, it’s difficult to believe him about any of his academic qualifications. I’ve heard people say, ‘Come on, what’s the big deal about a higher degree; he doesn’t need it to be eligible as senator.’

That is correct. But if he lied about what he didn’t need, why should we trust him on the important matters?

It’s interesting that while the Senate Ethics Committee decided to summon the ABU vice chancellor to testify on Melaye’s degree, the committee took his word about his O/Level result as holy grail. PUNCH had reported that he had only three credits and was therefore ineligible for a university admission in the first place.

Melaye denied the PUNCH report and instead, “tendered” a result showing five credit passes and one ‘A’ as his result. It would be interesting to hear what WAEC has to say.

That’s not all. Questions have also been raised about Melaye’s Master’s degree program. ABU could be the only university in the world where a candidate can secure admission to a Master’s degree program with a Third Class, without first obtaining a post-graduate degree. It’s improbable in a number of day schools.

And to compound Melaye’s complicated certificate story, his name was neither in the ABU Year Book nor on the school’s alumni roll.

Yet, as Melaye acquires more degrees, which from his performance this week in the Senate must now include a degree in Theatre Arts possibly from the same ABU, we’ll have to take the vice chancellor’s word for it, at least for now.

We are in trouble and Melaye’s certificate saga is just a symptom. I don’t know of any other place where a lawmaker facing a charge of certificate forgery will celebrate his discharge with a video mocking his “foes” and then stage a dramatic entrance into the lawmaking chamber with an academic gown.

No one called him to order. Yet, this was the same chamber that threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, for failing to appear in his uniform.

When Itse Sagay said lawmakers were childish and irresponsible, this was precisely the sort of shenanigans he had in mind. And he certainly won’t be the first to say so, even if saying so drives the lawmakers mad.

I don’t know of any other place where lawmakers will insist on the execution of Ibrahim Magu who for over one year – and without a letter of appointment – has worked flat out to fight corruption, insisting that they will not do their constitutional duties until they receive his head on a platter.

Sure, the executive has not been sterling, with its own share of Melayes creating the image of a hostage government. But is that what Nigerians deserve – a contest of incompetents who are largely members of the same party?

We’re in trouble. It’s not a time for celebratory videos. It’s a time to think, to roll up our sleeves and dig ourselves out this hole. Someone from Kogi West should please let the Melaye Band know that there’s nothing funny about our present dilemma. Nothing.

Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview magazine and board member of the Global Editors Network.

Certificate: Dino Melaye Shares Photo of Himself in Odd NYSC Uniform

Embattled Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has shared a photo of himself at the National Youth Service Corps camp in Kaduna State.

This is following the scandal on his academic qualifications, especially as regards his claims to have “7” Degrees, including one from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Harvard University.

In the picture he shared on Twitter, Dino captioned the picture: “ABU 99 set at NYSC camp in KD. Me in blue shorts”.

However, considering Dino wasn’t in the recognised uniform, many of his followers tackled him on being a hypocrite who has hassled the Customs DG Hameed Ali on wearing uniforms, whereas, Dino himself would not wear the compulsory NYSC uniform.

@mukbone‏ said  “@dino_melaye and you open your mouth to tell customs CG Hameed Ali to wear uniform while you’ve been a deviant right from day one.” Another user, Ayodele Ogunseyi‏ @ayodeleogunseyi also said  “@dino_melaye for putting on blue short…u need to vacate ur sit or do youth service again. You must be in ‘normal uniform'”.

Other Nigerians also stated that  the embattled Senator need to show his certificates and transcripts, saying that a picture from NYSC orientation camp does not prove graduation from a university.

4 well done sir. But some student often find their way into NYSC even without graduating. . Next pix pls.”
3 “ Bros, result is better, we don’t need nysc pix. Paste your result abeg”
6 oga u no be copa na… Abi na so other copa dem dress? Myfriend bring another photo weh u wear am complete.

Online news portal Sahara Reporters had in a report alleged that the Senator did not graduate from ABU and that he is not an alumnus of the Harvard University as he claimed on his LinkedIn profile.  Harvard University has stated he is not an alumnus, as he only had a one-week seminar there.

Melaye, however, insisted that he graduated from the ABU and that he headed the student union government while there.

Despite his insistence that claims that he did not graduate are laughable, the Senate has opted to probe the claims.

ABU initially promised to make a statement but has since kept mum.