Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has listing reasons why Yusif Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) was unnecessarily slow in development during the past administration of the university.
Ganduje spoke during a courtesy visit by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muktar Atiku Kurawa, and the management of the university to the State Executive Council meeting, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano.
“During the past administration of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, the institution was so polarized and so politicized and the leadership of the University then did not have the interest of the state at heart. There was a time when we allocated N100 million for the institution, but it took the leadership of the university three months to come forward and collect it,” he said.
The governor said “With the new Vice-Chancellor in place, the business will not be as usual” indicating the confidence the governor reposed in Kurawa and his style of leadership. After face lifting the State Polytechnic, when he (Kurawa) was the Rector.
“The past administration of the university was not interested in moving the university forward. An action that put the University at a disadvantaged position. It sometimes took a complete year without any communication from the university authority to the government.
“How then could we be able to know what was militating against its progress, without any communication from the authority concerned? he asked rhetorically.
Ganduje promised that “We will try our best to complete the abandoned buildings of Faculty of Science and that of Arts and Humanities. Apart from this, our administration will look into your concern for having an effective and workable MBBS programme In Sha Allah.”
“On the issue of staffing, I assure you that we will look into that also. Since we really understand that, the new Vice-Chancellor, Kurawa has the university and the development of the state at heart,” he appreciated.
The nonchalant attitude of the past administration, according to the governor, in managing the affairs of the university, many benefits that were hitherto meant for the institution, were unnecessarily missed.
Lamenting further how the then leadership of the university acted with no interest towards the development of the state, Ganduje said, “During the Convocation ceremony of the University, the then leadership invited the then Emir of Kano only, abandoning other newly created and backed by Law, First Class Emirs.
Which impliedly meant ignoring what the state did for the overall development of the state. What we were saying was, don’t politicize the academic environment. But when that happened, we now said, okay as politicians, who were also academics in the past, we said that could not happen before our eyes. We said it was impossible.”
He continued “We then invited all other 4 newly created First Class Emirs, who came to the Convocation. Their presence took the University by surprise and as a result, the Emir of Kano made a U-turn. Knowing fully that he wouldn’t have fertile ground to castigate federal and state governments.”
Governor further revealed that he had an opportunity to contact the Minister of Education, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), and that of Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFUND), “…they all gave us their words about the possibility of establishing Federal Polytechnic in Kano state.”
He also reveals that the proposed Yusuf Maitama Sule Centre For Research and Democracy would be under the university, adding that, “…we even requested the family of the late elder statesman, the late Danmasani of Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule, to provide us with things that could give a clear depiction of the late father.”
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor commended the governor’s commitment in prompting the education sector and his political will, at all times, in making sure that the state excels in the area of education, like other areas.
“During my days as the Rector of Kano State Polytechnic, which you appointed me Sir, Your Excellency, you did all that was necessary to push for the development of the institution. Many programmes got accredited, we got additional courses with full accreditation, new structures were put in place, the list goes on and on,” he commended.
Kurawa appreciated that it was the first time in Kano, when a serving Rector, was also appointed as a Vice-Chancellor. “This shows your deeply rooted interest in pushing the state forward.”
He, on behalf of the management of the university, commended the governor, also for displaying genuine interest in reshaping and refocusing the university, emphasising that, “We are all aware and confident that you will look into our requests for moving the university forward.”