In November 2009, the Centre moved from its rented quarters to its newly constructed offices on its 4.5 hectare permanent site at Zangon Shanu, along Sokoto Road, about a kilometer from the Ahmadu Bello Campus. Then President Shehu ‘ Yar Adua laid the foundation stone for the new building on 31st March, 2008, on the occasion of the Second Yusufu Bala Usman Memorial Lecture. However, the present offices and library have proved too small for our needs, and plans for expansion are on-going. It is expected that the new extension will accommodate 10 offices, as well as enlarged library space, including the newspaper library.
Photograph of foundation laying
Pictures of present offices – to be taken
Since its inception, CEDDERT has aimed to be self-sufficient financially, so as not to have to depend on donors to underwrite its operating and research expenses and thus maintain its intellectual integrity. In March 2012, the Centre obtained funds from a private donor to initiate construction of a multi-story structure which includes an auditorium, multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms and a 92 room hotel for accommodating scholars and other guests. When this structure is completed it is expected to be a major commercial facility that will serve as a venue for meetings, conferences, seminars, retreats and social events, and it is hoped that the revenues realized from this venture will go far to finance CEDDERT’s activities.
Photos of construction site – to be taken
Landscaping of the site has started. The aim is to create a beautiful and serene environment conducive to productive intellectual activity. This will be aided by the planting of many indigenous tree species, that will transform the site into a savanah parkland