Why ABU reclaimed its property from NBAIS

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Ahmadu Bello University has reclaimed its property at the Institute of Education Annex along Gaskiya Road in Tudun Wada, Zaria used over the years by the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) as its temporary headquarters. NBAIS was NURTURED and weaned by ABU.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government provided NBAIS with a spacious and befitting permanent site in Kaduna.

Why ABU reclaimed its property from NBAIS

The University Management appointed a committee to oversee the final disengagement of NBAIS from ABU; and at the end of its assignment, it strongly recommended that the Board vacates ABU’s property and moves to its permanent site in Kaduna. This same position was adopted by the Board of Governors of the Institute of Education at its meeting of 27″ March, 2018.

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The decision to reclaim the property was partly informed by the severe inadequacy of teaching and learning facilities as a result of the ever-increasing number of students experienced in the University.

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Additionally, the University is desirous of recovering all its properties and putting them to use for its overall sustainability. It is estimated that presently over N100 billion is needed by the University for all its infrastructure and other needs.

It should also be noted that the NBAIS was given sufficient notice of ABU’S intention to recover its property. This was communicated to the Ag. Registrar of

NBAIS, in a letter dated 18 May, 2020, The notice expired on the 18 of August, 2020, and ABU promptly took possession of the property. Some units of the institution in dire need of the facility have already been accommodated. The University Governing Council is duly informed of the development.


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