The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday, inaugurated a N6bn world-class Postgraduate Business School at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held at ABU main campus, Samaru, Zaria, the CBN Deputy Governor, Suleiman Barau, said the gesture was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibilities.
He appreciated the pivotal role education played in driving the economy. Barau said part of the bank’s developmental functions was to support the educational sub-sector in the country through the provision of physical structures.
“The Centre of Excellence Project in ABU was conceived in April 2009 and the contract for it was awarded in October 2009 to Messrs AFDIN Nigeria Limited. In conceiving this project, the aim of the bank was to ensure that students at post-graduate levels in Economics, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration and Statistics study in a serene, conducive environment. An environment that would stimulate effective learning with a view to building human capacity for the financial services sub-sector,” Barau said.
Garba said the symbolic relationship would meet the bank’s training/research needs.
He also said the university’s collaboration with foreign experts and facilitators would provide new experience and exposure unparalleled in the country.
Earlier, the Director of Procurement, CBN, Lazarus Aboh, said the building had 360 seating capacity auditorium, e-library, hostels for 194 students, kitchen, cafeteria facility and laundry services among others.