Boko Haram Blocks Borno Universities’ Convocations For Over 5 Years, Says Zulum

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state criticized the impact of Boko Haram’s actions, which have prevented tertiary institutions in the state from holding Convocation Ceremonies over the last five years. He emphasized that these ceremonies are crucial for recognizing and rewarding the top-performing students by the government.

The Governor made these remarks on Friday during a visit from the management team of the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB), led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kyari Mohammed, at the Government House in Maiduguri.

During the meeting, Governor Zulum pledged a donation of N50 million to support NAUB’s preparations for its first convocation scheduled for October 28, 2023. He also instructed the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement, Engr. Ibrahim Idris, to create a proposal for immediate approval to construct suitable staff quarters and student hostels for NAUB, addressing accommodation challenges.

Governor Zulum praised the establishment of the University in 2018 by the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Rtd), and the federal government. He highlighted his administration’s support for various federal institutions, including the construction and completion of staff quarters and student hostels at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), amidst competing demands over the past four years.

His words: ” We are all living-witnesses to atrocities posed by Boko Haram which, in the last five years, have hindered many of our tertiary institutions from conducting Convocation Ceremonies in the state.

“Now that peace has returned to our dear state, by the special grace of Allah (God), my government will support all tertiary institutions in conducting their convocation ceremonies, this is very important, as it is through Convocation, that the best performing students are officially identified and be rewarded by the government. 

“I want to also use this opportunity to inform the management Team that the present administration is working out modalities to ensure that Best Performing students from Borno North, Central and Southern senatorial district are sponsored for their academic studies in NAUB by Borno State Government.” Zulum stated.


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