From Ahmad Mohnammed Bauchi
The Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU), Bauchi Professor Saminu Abdurrahman Ibrahim has appealed to Federal Government to rebuild and renovates structures of the institution destroyed by recent windstorm in Bauchi State.
Abdurrahman made the appeal at a news conference in Bauchi over the weekend.
He said the Federal Government has invested much on the structures of the institution and could not be left damage.
Vice Chancellor said, “ it need to be fixed for the purpose of the university was set up to be achieved. Therefore, we are appealing to the Federal Government to come and take a stock of the damages and come up with relief measures, Specifically the central library of the university which was damage, we all know the importance of library in the university, it stores all the information and research work conducted We cannot do it from our lean resources, that is why we are seeking government intervention,” the VC said.
He said the wind storm affected badly the building and structures of two campuses of Yelwa and Gubi.
Abdurrahman said, “26 of the structures on the campuses were severely damaged by the storm, disrupting their ongoing second semester examinations which is about to end, The windstorm also affected the power source students hostels, water sources, medical laboratory, staff rooms and quarters,” he said
Vice Chancellor who was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Professor Abdullahi Umar said the windstorm up roots trees, electric and other poles and telecommunication masts, among others were blown down.
Abdurrahman said the storm left in its trail destruction as the polls and trees collapse on buildings; damaging roofs and properties. Roofs on high rise buildings were either completely removed or seriously damaged.
He said the most affected structures are the central library and the college of medical Sciences, the research centre, dairy farms sheep and goat housed were damaged by the storm,”
Abdurrahman said that the management of the institution restore the power section to enable the students continue with their studies.
He said, “We are therefore taking the inventory and of loses and damages accrue during the storm, the management are calling on all relevant agencies such National University Commission (NUC) and TEDFUND to look in the situation of the institution and intervene, We are also calling on the National Emergency Management Agency and the Bauchi state government to visit the university and considered the Institution as part and parcel of the state to provide relief materials and succor.”
last Saturday heavy rainfall and windstorm destroyed properties in houses, officers business places, schools mosques and churches in Bauchi metropolis.