By Ayo Ajayi
The N1.2bn hostel donated by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, is the single largest donation by an individual in the history of universities in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, made this known at the commissioning of the hostel.
Rasheed, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the commissioning of the Aliko Dangote Hall, extended the Federal Government’s appreciation to the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.
The president said, “You have done what no other Nigerian has done since 1948 when the first university was founded. This is the single largest intervention by any individual in any university in this country in the 70 years history of our university system. So I congratulate Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”
A visibly elated Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, who is an alumnus of the university, hailed Dangote for the giant project.
Gov. El-Rufai described Dangote’s generosity as unprecedented, especially his support for education. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said Dangote would forever remain dear to ABU.