Prof. Abdullahi Liman Tukur, Vice-Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, said that the university has been converted from a technology-based institution to a traditional one.
He spoke in Abuja on a thank you visit to the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, while heading a team of Adamawa people, adding that it was the school’s amendment to the Act that made the new status possible.
In December last year, the upper and lower legislative chambers enacted the reform bill into law, which was approved by President Buhari on the penultimate Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Speaking to newsmen, the VC pointed out that traditional courses will now be provided by the ivory tower, noting that in the past the term’ technology ‘had prevented the institution from running management courses.
He was optimistic that the population of students, currently at 2,500, would increase dramatically in the next academic session, particularly that leadership faculties would now be up and running.
“My visit to the President of the Senate along with Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, is to thank the National Assembly for the all encompassing legislation made on the University and assented to, by President Muhamnadu Buhari.
“With the new status, machineries are being put in place to make the University very universal like other conventional ones as against specialized status it started with .
“Technological courses will still be run in the University but other equally important ones in the area of management , Social and Medical Sciences will also be added in living up to the new status with attendant multiplier effects in so many ways for the University, Adamawa State and Nigeria as a country “, he said.
In an earlier speech, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, sponsor of the bill that gave the university a new status, urged the school to start new courses that are now compatible with the university, in order to accredit them as soon as possible, particularly medical and allied sciences.
The legislator said: “It would certainly inspire our teeming youth pursuing placements in tertiary institutions to realize their goals especially in these tough times.
“Apart from leading in technology, the new law will make Modibbo Adama University to be truly universal with broader courses and enhanced opportunities.”