By Usman Gwadabe
The President of Maryam Abacha University of Nigeria (MAUN), Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo has donated a 66-seater luxurious bus worth N50 million to Al-Istiqama University Sumaila, Kano State.
Prof. Gwarzo, who doubled as President of Association of African Private Universities (AAPU), also laid a foundation of a160-room capacity hostel which was named after him at the university.
Presenting the luxurious bus to the Proprietor of Al-Istiqama University, Hon. Abdulrahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila at the premises of the institution in Sumaila yesterday, Prof Gwarzo said the bus was donated by the his foundation.
He said the gesture was aimed at boosting academic activities at the newly established university, stressing that transportation is one of the critical areas that needs serious attention and intervention.
“Al-Istiqama and Maryam Abacha University of Nigeria are like twins, hence, must assist each other. MAAUN is always ready to extend its hands of fellowship to Al-Istiqama whenever the need arises.
“Initially, the founder of the university wanted to establish a school of health technology, but when he consulted me, I advised him to broaden his initiative and go for a university and here we are today. Our dream has come to reality.
“The people of Sumaila and indeed Kano state should thank Hon. Sumaila for his foresight. This gigantic project will not only benefit Kawu Sumaila but the people of Sumaila, Kano and Nigeria in general. The proprietor of the institution has proven himself as true patriotic.
Prof. Gwarzo, who thanked Allah Almighty for making the university real, said “only God can reward Hon. Sumaila for the wonderful job been doing for the humanity. The institution will be beneficial to Kano state and Nigeria as a whole.”
In his remarks, Hon. Sumaila, said the 160-room capacity hostel will be completed by next year.
Sumaila explained that the hostel is being constructed to complement the existing ones, saying the institution has provided two big hostels for female and male students.
“We have already admitted 400 students for various courses and 100 others for the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) Examination,” he said.
He added that the under-construction hostel was named after Prof. Gwarzo for his immense contribution to education sub-sector and humanity, saying “we have honored Gwarzo not because of our existing relationship but for his contribution to the education sector and the youth.”