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BUK alumni donate N1m to indigent students – first of its kind, VC says

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The 1992 Alumni forum of Bayero University, Kano has donated cash assistance to indigent students of their Alma-mater.

Extending the cheque of N1m to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, the forum chairman, Muhammad Dahiru Sa’ad said the gesture was part of the charity programmes slated to mark their silver jubilee celebration.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the beneficiary students were drawn from the list of those whose academic pursuits were truncated by financial inabilities.

Mr Sa’ad said they taxed themselves to raise the funds so as to offer a pay-back to their university and other critical sectors of need.

“Even though we cannot payback what has been offered to us when we were students, but at least with this little, we hope to raise a lot so that those in desperation can be relieved.

“The essence is not only to mark our silver jubilee, but to thank Allah for making us what he has made numerous of us through touching the lives of his servants,” Mr Sa’ad said.

Responding, the Vice-chancellor of the university, Yahuza Bello, thanked the 1992 set for remembering their academic base at the time such a gesture was needed the most.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Sagir Abbas, the VC described the effort as the first of its kind to be received by the university.

He said: “Let me gladly give you this tiding that this you are offering today is the first of its kind in the history of Bayero University.

“Of course we have a lot of philanthropists who donate intermittently, but to have an Alumni coming in group to donate like this, it has never happened but now.

“So I congratulate you for breaking the good record and I hope many, many of graduated sets like you would emulate this gesture.”

The forum also visited Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, both in Kano metropolis and offset medical bills of 50 indigent patients.

They also sponsored for an operation of a cancer patient whose treatment has been suspended due to financial constraint.

In his part, the chairman, organizing committee, Naziru Kankarofi described as “devastating” what they saw at Torrey Homes of Tudun-maliki and Nassarawa in Kano, and urged well-meaning souls to offer such humanitarian services for the hardship indices to be curtailed.


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