By Abdullahi Yusuf
The Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Kano State, has so far accessed intervention funds worth N3 billion from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFund) for the infrastructure development of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Yahaya Isa Bunkure, disclosed this while receiving the leadership of the Correspondents Chapel of the NUJ who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday.
Bunkure said part of the money was used to construct a N280 million block of Early Grade Reading Centre, adding that when completed, the facility would serve Colleges of Education as well as Universities of Education in the Northwestern part of the country.
He said the TETFund identified and made the university as the Center for Early Grade Reading in the Northwestern part of the country.
He also disclosed that the university, formerly known as Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, had constructed befitting office blocks which contained offices for its staff, adding that the offices were well furnished with each lecturer occupying an office on to himself.
Using the funds, Professor Bunkure said the university had also constructed about ten different types of lecture rooms, as well as four well-equipped laboratories for chemistry, physics, integrated science and biology lessons for its students.
The Vice Chancellor further said that the intervention funds were also used to construct workshops, studious and two standard computer laboratories stationed in the university’s computer departments.
He said the institution was also building a befitting Education Management Information Centre, adding that the project was about 90 percent completed.
Earlier, the Chairman of the chapel, Alhaji Aminu Garko, said the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership with the university towards an effective coverage of its activities by members of the chapel.
Garko said the collaboration would enable a robust working relationship between the institution and the chapel as well as enhance the development of education in Kano State and Nigeria.
The university commenced operation early this year, having been upgraded to Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education from its former status as Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education.