Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum rejected the naming of two blocks of hostel in his honour, at the Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri.
Zulum was at the polytechnic owned by the state government to commission the hostels for 1,500 students, which was recently renovated and reequipped by the state’s ministry of higher education, technology and innovation.
The twin-project, which funds internally generated from the polytechnic’s commercial activities, was named “Engr. Professor Babagana Umara Zulum Make Students’ Hostel” but soon as it was announced, Zulum categorically asked that it should be renamed.
He said: “ I will not allow any project named after me while I am in office, It should be after my tenure of office.
Also while reading a plaque he unveiled to commemorate the commissioning, Governor Zulum skipped the part his name was mentioned and instead said, “in commemoration of the commissioning of male students’ hostel”.
Governor Zulum however paid glowing tribute to the Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr. Dr. Babagana Mustapha for remarkable turn around of the polytechnic’s fortunes.
The polytechnic has been under the Commissioner’s direct supervision since September 2021, when Governor Zulum suspended management of the school.