Aminu Julie Gurumpawo
The Vice Chancellor Modibbo Adama University, Yola Prof Abdullahi Liman Tukur says the management of the Institution is ready to commence transition from its hitherto science and technology inclined status to its newly granted conventional status.
The VC made the revelation on Wednesday while interacting with members of the press.
Prof Tukur while tracing the history of the institution to its establishment in 1981, explained that science and technology was highly attractive as at then, prompting the Federal Government to establish the specialized institutions to boost and support the nation’s technological drive.
However, the extant laws establishing the University did not limit it from running medical and allied courses. Noting that it took the intervention of the National Assembly and relevant stakeholders before the institution was granted approval to commence undergraduate studies in medicine.
Prof. Tukur stated that resources are available for the smooth take off of the college with over 5 hectares of land already earmarked for the complex and that very soon, contractors will fully mobilise to site for the construction of an administrative block, two lecture theatres as well as laboratories for the new college.
On the conventional university, The Vice Chancellor disclosed the readiness of the university management in ensuring a smooth transition and that already a committee has been set up to ensure smooth conversion of the University, headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof Muhammad Inuwa Ja’afaru.
The committee is taking cognisance of all the short, medium and long term plans.
The VC expressed optimism that the institution will soon resume admission of students into the School of Management and Information Technology (SMIT), which is expected to be expanded to accommodate other programmes like public administration, political science etc in the near future.
“We are 100% ready to face the new conventional status as more management courses will be introduced soon while 28% of our students are housed in our hostel facilities” Tukur said.
Commenting on Interventions to the University, Prof Tukur expressed gratitude to TETFund, saying MAU Yola has been able to access its 2018, 2019 and 2020 grants.
Prof Tukur said with the new development, the university management has written to TETFund for more interventions in other areas of need and expressed hope that the request will be swiftly granted.