The Borno State University will in the next one year have a befitting teaching hospital to pave way for the commencement of courses in medicine, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, has declared.
Zulum, who is Visitor to the university, spoke on Thursday at the historic inauguration of the university’s first Senate, which held at the campus in Maiduguri.
The governor said he had instructed the search of a suitable site near the university, on which a modern teaching hospital will be started and completed in; that will meet criteria for the award of degrees in medicine and surgery.
He also said within the next three months, staff quarters of 50 houses will be constructed in the university, noting that he was determined to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects preparatory to what he called, a grand commissioning in January, 2020.
Earlier during the inauguration of the Senate, the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Kyari Sandabe, said the school will commence academic activities from the 2019/2020 session, following approval by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
He said, already, the university has admitted a first batch of 268 students from which 198 are for science courses, 138 for courses in social and management sciences, 89 for arts and education while 16 students were admitted for courses in Agriculture, adding the university was taking off with 33 academic programmes in four faculties of science, arts and education, social and management sciences and the faculty of agriculture.
The school is however expected to quickly work towards the addition of three faculties: medicine, engineering and environmental studies in line with a directive issued by Governor Zulum while addressing the Senate.
Sandabe thanked Zulum for his commitment saying some months ago, the Governor released first statutory fund “which was so substantial that it gave strength to the university” making possible, the take off of academic programmes. He said different projects including an additional faculty, the Senate building, roads and water facilities were nearing completion.
The Borno State University was established by law in 2012, granted NUC’s recognition in 2016 while principal officers were appointed in April, 2019 under the administration of then Governor Kashim Shettima to whom Governor Zulum paid glowing tribute on Thursday.