Borno State governor Babagana Zulum has donated sets of equipment amounting to 81 million naira to rescue the department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering of University of Maiduguri for failing to pass accreditation.
Zulum was represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and innovation, Dr. Babagana Malumbe Mustapha who presented the equipments to the Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Malumbe, explained that the Governor made the procurement of twenty equipment among which some are first of its kind in the Northeast on the request of the University after the department failed to pass accreditation.
“This came as a result of request from the University to the Executive Governor of Borno state, when the department of civil and water resources engineering lost accreditation in the last accreditation excercise.
“And I can remember what his Excellency said then, we cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation. That’s when he immediately directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipments.”Malumbe said.
He further explained that issues of changes in monetary exchange policy hindered the procurement of the equipments on time.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, who received the equipments cannot hide his admiration and appreciation to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.
“On a very happy note that I stand here on behalf of the University of Maiduguri and faculty of engineering to receive these highly valued equipments, that are necessary for teaching and research in the whole faculty of engineering, not only civil engineering.”
He said that right from the time the accreditation results came out and it was said that the faculty had been denied accreditation, Zulum called him and asked, “is it true that department of civil and water resources engineering was denied accreditation? I said yes. He said can we please meet.” Shugaba concluded
He said that during their meeting, when he listed the reasons of loosing the accreditation, some of which are lack of the equipments, Zulum promptly invited the Commissioner and facilitated the procurement of the equipment.
Below is the list of the equipments.
1 Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories
2 California Bearing Ratio (CBR) with complete accessoriesS
3 High Performace Liguid Chromatography (HPLC)
4 Marshall Testing Machine
5|Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories
6 HI-target V9o Phe Dual frequency GNSS/RTK system with complete accessories
7 Jar Testing Apparatus
8 Hitachi CP X4042 4200 lumen projector
9Atomatic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) Machine
10 Centrifuge Corning LSE compact Contrifuge 1
11 Magnetic Stirrer with Hot Plate
12 Longwave Ultravoilet 365mm lamp
13 Water Treament test kits
14 Electro-thermal Soxhlet extractor with accessories
15|Laboratory loader flat trolley
16 Muffle furnace
17 Distillation machine
18 Fouries transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)_
19 Standard Cone Penetrometer
20 Digital Compression Machiine YES-600