I wanted to become University VC, not governor – Zulum

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said his original ambition was to become the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri.

Speaking at a send-off ceremony for the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, in Maiduguri, Zulum aid he never aspired to be governor.

He said while he cannot question destiny, his true goal in life lies in academia. He expressed his desire to achieve this ambition once his tenure as governor concludes.

Zulum said; “I never aspired to be the governor of Borno State; my ambition was to become the vice chancellor of the University of Maiduguri. I don’t know if the university would consider me for the role. It’s not about the money, but about contributing to the educational system”.

The governor asked for their support from professors and academics, in fulfilling his lifelong ambition, highlighting his previous role as a lecturer and student among them.

He identified funding as a significant challenge for the university and called for innovative solutions to generate sustainable revenue.

Zulum proposed four key areas for investment, particularly in livestock production, poultry, and commercial agriculture, drawing from his experience as the Rector of Ramat Polytechnic.

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