The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State has received an award grant of NIbillion from a non profit organization, Abdul Samad Rabiu, ASRAfrica Initiative for an international Student Centre in the institution.
The grant was presented by a former Minister of Health, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hung who represented the Chairman/founder of the group, Alhaji Abdul Sama Rabiu during the unveiling of the prototype of the centre at the institution’s senate chamber.
Aliyu Idi Hung said the project was informed by the group’s aspiration to contribute its quarter to the growth and development of the country.
He said, “The founder is pained over lack of fund for education sector which has hindered its required growth and development in Nigeria. The idea was to set aside fund for intervention in the sector, as well as health and social development in the country and Africa in general.
“We have a commitment of setting aside $100million annually of which $50million is set aside specifically for Nigeria and the remaining $50m for the rest of Africa.
“So far, this is the last lap of the university intervention of N1billion development grant to one institution in each geographical zone of the country.”
While praising the institution for their commitment on the project, Rabiu assured its quick completion upon take-off.
Project Managing Director, Mr. Ubon Udoh explained that the selection of the benefitting universities followed the National University Commission (NUC) and global university’s ranking as well as developmental strides of the institutions.
Explaining key techniques of the project, Arc Okey Ezeobi revealed that the project would house various centres including a multipurpose hall, Acting theatre, E- library, hallway, among others.
Receiving the grant, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Charles Esimone said the centre would be the first and best of its kind in Africa when completed.
He said the complex would house the Student affairs unit, international student centre, centre for council and career development, acting theatre, the SUG secretriat including their respective arms, among other features.
He thanked the benefactor for finding the institution worthy for the award grant, assuring students’ full ownership of the project.
Reacting, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University, Prof. Sulyman Kuranga commended the foundation’s concerns for the students’ future, despite prevailing harsh economy, noting that the project would serve as a reward to students.
“The project will be accessible to the university community irrespective of gender and will stimulate a solid learning environment,” he added.
On his part, President, Student Union Government of the institution, Comrade Ani Chukwuemeka expressed optimism that the project would serve both students and the university community at large when completed.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Frederick Modibo; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu; Registrar, Prof Philomena Okoye; Bursar, Prof. Joy Ojukwu, Dean Student Affairs, Prof Chinonso Achebe; Council representatives and student union representatives.