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We are still best, security challenges notwithstanding – UNIMAID VC

The University of Maiduguri says it is one the best universities in the country in spite of security challenges in its location.

UNIMAID. Photo: UGEDNUNEWS

The University of Maiduguri says it is one of the best universities in the country in spite of security challenges in its location.

Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, expressed this view at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja.

Shugaba who buttressed his claim with the National Universities Commission (NUC) evidence, said that the institution had records of successes in different areas to its credit.

He said that the university had been delivering on its mandate, especially in the area of continuous academic activities and service to the community, in spite of the security challenges in the region.

“We have been able to record some successes even in difficult areas. There was no day we close the university even at the peak of the insurgency.

“In fact, there is evidence to suggest that, even NUC agrees that we are one of the best universities in the country.

“NUC has indicated clearly that our own affiliation with other colleges of education has received very good mentorship from us,” he said.

He observed that at the time the insurgency was very high, NUC could not raise a single team to go to Maiduguri for the purpose of accreditation.

“So we were granted a waiver to continue to do our mandate of teaching, research and community service.
“Then some years after when the things started easing off we now had the situation where NUC started sending teams to come and accredit our programmes.

“We went through accreditation and got full accreditation for some of our programmes and in a few of them we got interim accreditation but we continued to work hard and got accredited,” he said.

He further said that presently, all the programmes of the university had full accreditation except “Civil and Water Resources Engineering.

“But we have put in enough resources; we have injected about N200 million through the appropriation budget even the Borno government has also injected some facilities”.

Shugaba also said that in recent years the university had started recording success in research, saying that it recorded about five patents and had breakthroughs in registering them.

“We are now looking at the commercialisation of them.

“Also our own College of Medical Sciences has been designated earlier on since 1986 as centre of excellence likewise the faculty of law,” he explained.