The authorities of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with a computer firm, Omatek, to provide laptop computers to its students on loan.
During the agreement signing ceremony at the main campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said the initiative was the first of its kind in the history of the university.
The vice-chancellor, who was represented by Prof. Na’iya Sada, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, said the gesture was geared toward improving learning and research development.
He said the university was opportune to have the best fibre connectivity in the country, which was established to enhance e-learning in the university.
Garba urged the students to make effective use of the opportunity provided by coming en-mass to access the loan scheme.
In his speech, the National President, ABU Alumni Association, Dr Ahmed Tijjani-Mora, said the ultimate objective of the MOU was to enhance teaching and learning apart from improving research and community service.
He described the project as one among the chain of many projects identified to be executed by the association in due course.
The chairman lauded the management of the university for making the MOU possible and urged the students to patronise the loan scheme.