The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, has performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 160-Seater lecture theatre at the Abubakar Tafawabalewa University Bauchi, ATBU.
The theatre which will be fully furnished is expected to be constructed within four months.
Dr Bayo Olugbemi, President of CIBN stated this on Monday while performing the foundation laying ceremony of the construction project at the Gubi Campus of the University in Bauchi.
He said that the project is part of the initiative and drive of CIBN to breach the gap between class realities and the real practical world of the banking industry through its linkage programme.
The president said that ATBU was carefully selected from the Northeast to benefit from the programme out of 68 tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“CIBN’s linkage programme was designed to deepen the capacity of the Nigerian banking institutions to address the gap between the academic and banking world.
“It is our modest contribution to the banking and finance education in Nigeria and to develop the economy and build the capacity of of upcoming financial managers receiving training in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions,” Dr Bayo said.
Professor Muhammad Abdulaziz, the Vice-Chancellor of ATBU, commended CIBN for choosing the University to benefit from its linkage programme, saying that it is the first project intervention through a faculty of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor said that ATBU will consider making registration with CIBN a requirement for promotion in the University.
He pleaded with CIBN to come to the aid of the University with books and teaching materials.
Earlier in his remarks, Professor S.I Ningi, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences ATBU said that the faculty has enjoyed a mutual relationship with CIBN.
He said that both staff and students of the University attended many conferences and seminars organized by CIBN which give them a more professional touch.