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Commission Ask ABU To Show Concern Over Accommodation Shortage

ABU Main Entrance. photo: Guardian
ABU Main Entrance. photo: Guardian

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has decried the acute shortage of students’ accommodation at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Hence, demands increased funding for the institution to address this challenge.

The Senior Information Officer of the commission made this known to Newsmen in Zaria, Kaduna state over the weekend.

He said that the Team leader for the North-West Zone, Hajiya Maryam Iliyasu Mohammed stated this when the team visited both campuses of ABU at Samaru and Kongo in Zaria.

He said the visit was in continuation of the commission’s 2018 physical verification of selected FG’s capital projects in the geopolitical zone.

“Maryam who is also the Director Planning Research and Statistics of the commission, observed that there is need for improved funding for the institution especially in the area of students’ accommodation. We observed that as at now, the school can only accommodate one fifth of its student population which is grossly inadequate.

“She encouraged the university to ensure synergy between its procurement department and other units of the university. There is the need for better synergy and cohesion between the procurement department and other units involved in the budgeting process,” she stated.

Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba appreciated the commission for fishing out the irregularities in the procurement department.

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