A branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (ASUU- KUST) has on Wednesday called on Governor Ganduj of Kano state to as a matter of urgency change his decision of commercializing university’s property meant for running educational activities.
Governor Ganduje according to the union planned to privatize the university’s institute of Hospitality and Tourism (former Daula Hotel), a building earlier given to the institution.
In a statement jointly signed by the Branch Chairperson, Comrade Muhammad Sani Gaya and Branch Secretary of the union, Comrade Murtala Muhammad, urged Ganduje to engage in adequately funding education rather than putting properties into private use.
The union during its congress on 5th August said that, “it is with dismay we call on Kano State Government to change its decision of taking over of Hospitality and Tourism Institute (former Daula Hotel) contained in a letter dated Friday, 15th November, 2019.
“This action is not only retrogressive but also a breach of the University autonomy as enshrined in the University Law and the University (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act 2003.” the statement said.
” The Union is strongly calling on the Government to reverse on the idea of commercializing facilities meant for public purposes especially institutions of learning. The Government should live up to its responsibility of adequately funding education in order to reverse the sordid condition of public institutions rather than putting properties into private use.”
The union however explained that the university has for years been using the facility to run several academic programmes including IJMB, Pre-Degree and Diplomas in Tourism, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics, accommodating thousands of students.
In the same vein, the University Senate has approved the commencement of Part-Time Degree programmes effective from 2020/2021 academic session in the same premises in addition to a proposed BSc Degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Transportation.