Bauchi terminates blind ABU student’s ‘appointment’ for switching course

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The Bauchi State Government has terminated the temporary appointment of a blind student of Mass Communication Department at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Muhammad Hussaini Yakubu.

Muhammad told the Daily Trust correspondent that his appointment was terminated in 2019. He lost his sight in 2014 while studying Veterinary medicine at the same university.

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The student, an indigene of Toro LGA of the state, gained admission to study Veterinary Medicine in ABU Zaria but developed retinal detachment when he was at 200 level, a development that forced him to leave the course for Mass Communication due to the practices involved.

Soon after the incident, our correspondent further gathered that the state government stopped paying him his monthly allowances.

According to Muhammad, those studying pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, and other related courses were given temporary appointments, and after graduation, they would be given permanent and pensionable appointments but his hope was dashed by the sudden incident.

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He said, “When Governor Bala Mohammed assumed office, there was a verification exercise and I appeared before the committee and told them my predicament but they did not understand me.

“Despite all the explanations, the appointment letter was terminated in 2019.

“I was eventually asked to see the governor for complaint. The monthly allowance that the government used to pay me had been helping me to sponsor my education and I have made several efforts to see the governor or any government officers intervene but to no avail, “Muhammad added.

Reacting, Dr. Ibrahim Bello, the Director of Veterinary Services, Bauchi State, said, “Yes, it is an appointment often given to the students who study Veterinary Medicine and other related courses.

“The appointment is usually retained upon graduation. So, it is a scheme and once you are out of it for whatever reason, your appointment is terminated.’’

The blind student, who is in the 400 level, appealed to the state governor to reconsider his appointment as he wasn’t the cause of his problem, adding that the allowance was the only means to help him continue his degree program.

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credit: Daily Trust


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