Dreaming and Accepting the Dreams of others
Written by Aliyu Ammani
Many an ABU graduate assumed that the ABU main gate, as pictured here was built by the Sardauna himself! This structure was put in place in the late 1980’s during the tenure of Professor Adamu Nayaya Muhammed. I see nothing wrong with the current management’s decision to replace it with another.
I can understand the emotional attachment some ‘abusites’ have for this structure. It is human to be nostalgic. It is human to be emotionally attached to something that should be somewhere in a museum.
Most ABU graduates never know that the small building adjacent to the Senate Building, which now host the Institute for Development Research (IDR) was the original Senate Building of the Ahmadu Bello University.
Most of us are not aware of the fact that the small building that used to be the SBS library, now hosting a certain CISCO programme or project, was the original Kashim Ibrahim Library.
I am sure quite a number of pharmaceutical science graduates of the University are not aware that the building between the Sickbay and the Samaru Public Library at the North-Gate was the original location of the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences.
Things are changing my brothers and sisters, even the Amina Hall you see now on the main campus was originally not different from Akenzua Hall.
My dream for the ABU of tomorrow is one where buildings and structures like Danfodio and Ramat Halls would be pulled down and replaced with bigger and better ones.
My greatest dream for the ABU of tomorrow is one where a student can stand somewhere on the main campus and point at the faculty of science, faculty of law, faculty of administration etc. In other words, having ABU graduates of law that never set their feet on Kongo Campus.
Let’s dream big, and translate those dreams to reality my dear brothers and sisters.
The ABU will remain naturally ahead