From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Niger State has applauded the bold steps taken by Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai research department that led to the radiometric survey activities taking place on Bida Basin exploration.
The Operations Controller, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara made the commendation yesterday at a sendoff ceremony in honour of the Institution’s outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare in Minna.
He spoke on the topic “Mutual Benefits Existing Between Tertiary Institutions and Host Community, a case of IBBUL, adding that the outgoing Vice Chancellor has left a trade mark and solid foundation that must be sustained or improved upon hence can’t be drawn backwards.
According to Jankara, “the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR Minna field office, Niger State mobilized communities on the radiometric survey activities taking place on Bida Basin exploration. This present fit to make Niger State one of the oil producing states in the country can traced with many studies carried out by Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, main reason i accepted to grace this occasion as a mark of honour, to appreciate that particular effort in a way.”
He stated that universities as agents of social mobility, were more than sites of training and instruction, but crucial intellectual pot where food is cooked, fed, for right mindset growth, for many of those who have been there.
Engineer Jankara further said that a well – funded and resourced university has a tremendous social and economic impact.
Jankara hinted that already the institution has played an important role in their host communities by creating prosperity through research and development, and by promoting culture, for institutions can also play an important role by encouraging better access for students from poor or rural backgrounds.
In his remarks, Prof. Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare expressed his happiness by the show of love, support and good will urging the management and alumni to extend same to the new Vice Chancellor.