THE MAKING OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA ZOO (PARK)


Introduction This report was compiled from a study conducted by the Gender Policy Unit of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. It was necessitated out of the need by staff and students to be provided with a more efficient transport service within Samaru and Congo campuses of the University. The series of written and verbal complaints from distressed staff and students who experience difficulties accessing the intra-university transport service could not be ignored for the progress university.
The GPU set to verify the intra-campus transport problems with these objectives in focus, to;

  1. Identify the modes of transport services in the university.
  2. investigate the challenges of staff and students accessing the services of intra-university transport services,
  3. examine the efficacy of the intra-campus transport services and
  4. examine options for improvement.

A one weak rapid appraisal analysis was undertaken by a team of researchers in the unit in middle December 2015. Result of the appraisal fashioned the development of a semi-structured questionnaire that was administered 200 respondents sampled from staff and students in Samaru and Congo campuses.

From the results of the survey, the following are recommended

  1. The re-introduction of motorcycle services without delay.
  2. Increase in the number of tricycles or ban them with immediate effect.
  3. Restrict the movement of the few shuttle buses to Samaru-Congo highway only.
  4. Re-visit the use of designate nodal points within residential, hostel and academic areas.
  5. Draw a time table for drivers to the nodal points before and after work/ lecture hours.
  6. Encourage the use of bicycles among staff and students.
  7. Provide soft loans for staff and students to purchase bicycles.
  8. Review the opening and closing hours of the major gates by 2 hours to ease stranded staff and student after 6pm.
  9. Finally, more dedicated parking areas should be created to reduce the number of people parking on the streets there by slowing down traffic.
  10. Assemble all stakeholders in the business of intra-campus transport for concrete solutions because the challenges identified are not fiction.