By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
The Federal Government has been advised to increase its budget for the Education sector and address the lingering problems with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU for the rapid socioeconomic development of the country.
The President and Chairman Council of Chartered Institute of Bankers CIBN Dr Bayo Olugbemi gave the advice at the inauguration of a160 seater capacity Hall at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University ATBU Bauchi,said no country can develop beyond its educational capacity.
Dr Bayo Olugbemi charged the management of ATBU to utilise the facility in training future bankers, conduct of regular townhall meetings, seminars and to serve as a means of revenue generation.
He also noted that the hall is equipped with modern technology to include smart devices like WiFi, public address system and projector among others.
The Vice Chancellor ATBU Bauchi Professor Muhammadu Ahmad Abdulazeez represented by DVC Administration Professor Ibrahim Hassan Garba who expressed gratitude to CIBN for the legacy project, said the university will mobilise students in fulfillment of the MOU entered into.
Earlier, the Dean Faculty of Management Sciences Professor Sama’ila Idi Ningi who commended the institute for the timely completion, called for more collaboration for the benefit of more lecturers and students.
In a remark, the Vice President Banking and Finance Students Union Rex Odocheve promised to make prudent use of the hall towards the development of banking industry.
In their goodwill messages, the representative of CBN Branch Controller Bauchi Ahmad Isa Mele and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Asmau Sunusi expressed optimism that the hall will surely add value to lecturers and students.
In their separate vote of thanks, the Registrar ATBU Dr Ahmad Garba Hassan and the Registrar/Chief Executive CIBN Dr Seye Awojobi thanked all stakeholders for the support towards the successful completion of the edifice.
The construction of the 160 capacity lecture hall which commenced in November last year, took about five months to reach completion.