By Kasim Isa Muhammad
The donation of 100 computers to Bayero University Kano (BUK) by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, is politically uncalled-for. He should consider the poor institutional standards of his state—millions of indigenous students that voted for him battle a lack of various technologies. The donations to a well-furnished and developed Bayero University Kano could never yield a good result for the governor and the entire students of Yobe State.
However, while this may appear good news for Bayero University, it must be tempered by thoroughly examining Yobe State institutional standards and their critical administrative, social, and academic considerations to resurrect active education in Yobe State higher education institutions.
Yobe State University is among the recently initiated universities in Nigeria and is currently experiencing low student enrollment. Their sources are weak due to a lack of advanced facilities for carrying out academic activities and insufficiently advanced technology to train their thousands of students properly. Meanwhile, BUK is one of the top-ranked and accredited universities by the federal government of Nigeria. The university spends years running enough budgets and acquiring modern techniques with a large student enrollment every year. The university’s library is well advanced, and the federal government continues to meet its demand for achieving standard academic excellence in the country.
There is something to ask the Yobe state governor. Did he ever visit the Yobe State University library and witness how old it looks? The whole Yobe State University building demands a proper renovation from the lecture rooms to the library, theatres, roads, other practical equipment for the medical and environmental science students to acquire knowledge.
There are similar institutions around the local government areas of Yobe that almost collapsed in infrastructure, while others have been struggling with instructional materials for decades without any state intervention. Such institutions are the College of Administration and Management Technology (CAMTECH), Potiskum, and the College of Health and Technology, Nguru, alongside others with poor infrastructure. The institutions spent years under the state government. Still, neither the governor nor the ministry of education attends to them for regular check-ups to monitor what changed those institutional needs to keep existing.
In conclusion, it is not a bad idea to donate computers to other universities or limit the governor’s desire on where or who to contribute something to. Instead, it is a call of attention to share with the governor that institutions under his places of primary political responsibilities are structurally and academically collapsing to a great extent. The key factor to saving them lies in the hand of Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Kasim Isa Muhammad, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.