Despite the activities of the Boko Haram sect in Maiduguri, Borno State, which is the host town of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) the university has witnessed in the last four years the execution of about 50 projects.
The Boko Haram crisis in the town started sometimes in 2009 barely some months after the Dr. Wale Babalakin, led governing council was instituted.
But with the inauguration of 12 projects, including twin 500-seating theatre, a 1000-capacity auditorium, a radio house, a 33/11KV dedicated substation, faculty buildings for Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Education among others, the institution recorded little over 50 projects in the last four years.
Speaking during the inauguration of the projects, the institution's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mala Daura, said this was a milestone in the university's existence as it had never witnessed an explosion of projects.
He said with the number of projects in the institution, "this council and university can beat their chest to say we have achieved so much."
He added that the management is very proud of the Babalakin-led council for this milestone achievement, noting that it has been four years of prudent management and unprecedented development of the institution.
He praised the outgoing council, saying: "We thank you very much for the commitment you have shown to this university."
He said: "This is the first time the university will be having this kind of projects, including a lecture theatre that can accommodate 500 students, and that make us a proud member of the global community."
Speaking on the amount of work put in to make the projects a reality, Babalakin, who said there was no single abandoned project in the institution at present, noted that with the hostility in the town it was a difficult task but as they have shown optimism.
He said: "When I was leaving for Maiduguri today (yesterday), people that knew thought I was of doubtful mental state but I told them my affiliation with this university goes beyond understanding."