The Central Bank of Nigeria has again reiterated its commitment to the provision of infrastructural facilities in higher institutions of learning throughout the country.
This was made known by the apex bank’s representative of Head of Procurement and Support Services, Mr. Bandipo Olajide when he led a team from the headquarters on a visit to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai to ascertain the number of projects to be executed for the University, as well as the locations.
He said that the presence of the team was to reopen the discussions started between the University and the Bank in 2015 in order to forge a common front, stressing that the team was to further know the the line up of projects to be executed on the campus whether they have changed or not.
The representative of the Central Bank Procurement and Support Services maintained that the location of projects to executed by the bank matters a lot as that the master plan would not be affected, adding that this would give room for ample opportunity to know the provisions to make.
Mr. Olajide stated that though the resources were limited, the bank was interested in the intervention, adding that the needs have been noted with a view to prioritising them for further action.
He pointed out that the Central Bank does not use prototype designs, rather what institutions provided, stressing that by the time the briefs were ready, and approvals given, work would start, hence the presence of representatives of the bank’s Works Department.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare encouraged the seriousness of the Central Bank of Nigeria in projects execution for the University, disclosing that the prepared designs would be presented.
He said the projects so identified in 2015 remain unchanged, and these are; School of Business Studies, Suleja, Students Hostel, School of Post Graduate Studies and Medical Centre.
He noted that though there have been interventions in other areas of projects on the campus, the five earlier mentioned remain as they are with a slight modification of making Medical Centre as the number three in terms of priority, followed by the School of Post Graduate Studies.
Souvenirs from the University were presented by the Vice Chancellor before the combined team of the Central Bank and that of the University proceeded to the projects sites, including a visit to Suleja Campus.
On the team was Niger State Central Bank Focal Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Dooba.