The Borno State Government has said it would soon award a N2 billion contract for construction work at the permanent site of the proposed Borno State University.
Stating this while receiving members of the Governing Council of the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, in his office, Gov. Kashim Shettima said government was determined to erect structures that would be a pride to all indigenes of the state.
“In a couple of days, we will be awarding a N2 billion contract to build structures at the permanent site of the Borno State University to be established in Maiduguri.
“The idea is to put in place world-class structures that can stand the test of time.
“We do not want to have a glorified secondary school as the permanent site for our state university,” Shettima said.
The governor said the state government won’t be in a rush, but would take its time to ensure it puts in place befitting structures at the university.
“Even if it will take us two or more years to build, we will ensure we put in place befitting structures,” he said.
Shettima gave assurances that the state government would partner with UNIMAID towards the successful take-off of the state university.
“I want to assure you that we are willing to partner with UNIMAID in many areas towards developing the state,” he said.
He also promised to explore the possibilities of assisting UNIMAID, a Federal Government-owned university, to tackle its problem of perennial water shortage, this he said in response to the Chairman of UNIMAID’s Governing Council, Alhaji Ballama Manu, who had sought the state government’s intervention in tackling the water shortage problem on the campus.
Manu also urged the state government to assist the university in the area of road rehabilitation and provision of houses for staff.