The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, has commended the management of Yusuf Maitama Sule University for promoting female education in the country, stressing it is of utmost importance to the nation’s development.
He stated this when the management of the Kano-based university paid him a courtesy visit at the Treasury House, Abuja. He stressed that women, being pillars of development in every advanced economy, there is the imperative to do something worthwhile, and therefore, promised to give endowment award to the best three female students in any discipline for the next 20 years.
He said he was aware of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) intervention at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and so, promised to talk to the apex bank to visit Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano to impact in a way they deem appropriate for development.
Moreover, he further muted the idea of a positive synergy between the OAGF and the university for development in academics, just like the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) did to develop its business school, emphasizing his Office’s readiness to play a role of igniting some sense of development by talking to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) for intervention to assist the university.
“Many a time, I had instances to make corrections that Treasury is an Office mainly for the Federal Government; it goes beyond limiting us really to activities to do with Federal Government. We equally train public finance officers; we also have the Federal Treasury Academy, Orozo-Abuja, with large expanse of land, and facilities for lectures, auditorium, ICT, classrooms with recreational facilities, hostels for both female and male, etc,” he stated, adding that “the Treasury also deals with matters of allocation to Federal, State and Local Governments as well as external and domestic loans, releases to MDAs, in addition to matters of finance around bilateral concerns with countries and service of foreign missions, hence, it is the driver of key public finance management reform initiatives.”
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Prof. Aliyu Musa, had congratulated the AGF for his enormous work and the efficiency of his Office to serve the Federal Republic of Nigeria and also for his contributions towards the growth of the university.
He noted that a lot of work has been carried out in terms of getting development effort from sister organizations, such as TETFund towards the growth of the university, stressing that “the AGF has shown enormous dedication and concern towards Kano State and academic development of the institution through donation of books and series of conference journals as well as community services,” and prayed for fortitude for him to continue with the good work.
He continue, “The actual purpose of our visit here is to intimate the AGF on the state of the university in terms of the hostel accommodation that we are in dire need of , because75% of our students are females, and there is no female hostel, which is a concern to the parents and the community in general.”
According to him, this hampers the fast pace of the university development on account of the desirability for women to be trained, since the Northern States are working hard to accelerate girl-child education. “Therefore, there is need to encourage female education to enable them contribute to the growth of the society,” the VC said.
He particularly solicited the support of the AGF in his capacity as Kano State indigene, to be a rallying point for the development of the university.