Subsidy Removal: BUK rolls out palliatives for staff, students
In view of the current difficulties faced in the country as a result of fuel price hike that results in an incessant rise in the price for food and services, Bayero University Kano (BUK) has rolled out palliative measures for staff and students.
SOLACEBASE reports that the university Vice Chancellor, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas announced this during the University’s 56th Congregation Meeting on Saturday.
Hundreds of staff gathered to discuss issues that affect the university’s growth and development which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor informed the staff of BUK that millions of Naira has been allocated to University Cooperatives Committee to purchase food stuffs and distribute to staff on a non interest format payable in 6 months.
He said the University Management has concluded arrangement with the BUK Microfinance Bank to provide non interest loan to staff to pay school fees to their children, assuring that the university would take the burden of interest. This he said would cushion the effect of increment of registration fees.
The Vice Chancellor added that staff can access soft loan at any time and will be revolving so that staff who face financial challenges can have money at any time they want.
On the issue of transportation, the Vice Chancellor said there is an arrangement with the Kano State government to provide buses that will transport students from specified destinations to the university campuses and take them back at affordable rates. He said once finalised, Kanawa buses would start passing through the routes of BUK campuses.
For junior staff, the Vice Chancellor said the university is negotiating to purchase bicycles to help them cushion the effect of hike in transportation fare. He said on many occasions, he witnessed staff trekking from Old Campus to New Campus, a distance of almost 10 kilometres.
‘’Another palliative was waiving 8 months house rent to staff occupying the university’s houses. He said those who paid during this period would be refunded, ‘’the VC said.
He added that vehicles would be allocated to transport staff to and from the university. Specific times would be allotted for staff. This he said would address many challenges.