The Ahmadu Bello University Counselling Centre came into existence in 1989 as Guidance and Counselling Unit in Student Affairs Division, following Abisoye’s Panel report. The report recommended among others that a Counselling Unit be created to organize Orientation Programmes for students and to counsel them on their educational, career and personal-socio problems that might be hindering them from achieving their academic goals, also to serve as loco-parent to the students who would want to have a listening ear to their challenges.
Mrs Bashmir and Mrs V.T. Adidu of Guidance and Counselling Section in the Faculty of Education were assigned to coordinate the activities of Counselling Unit in the Student Affairs Division. Presently only One (1) Counsellor, Two (2) Psychologist, Administrative Secretary and other supporting staff are in the Centre.
In 2000, a submission was made to Ijalaiye Investigation Panel who came to investigate A.B.U Crisis about the importance of functional and well equipped Counselling centres for all the Universities in Nigeria in order to curb most of undesirable behaviours’ of students in higher Institutions such as cultism, Drug Abuse, Campus unrest, unintended pregnancies, sexual harassment, examination malpractice, Indecent dress, etc. In addition, must students coming into the University nowadays are immature hence the need for counselling. The Counsellors provide assistance and direct students in adopting and adjusting to the existing norms of the University environment and in decision making. This was adopted by NUC for all the Universities in Nigeria.
In July 2013, ABU Guidance and Counselling Centre was upgraded to Counselling and Human Development Centre with Dr. Salman A. Adisa as the Pioneer Director of the Centre. The Centre have helped other Universities such as BU.K, Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, University of Jos, Federal University of Technology Minna, Katsina State University, University of Ilorin to mentioned but a few, to set up their Counselling Centres to exercise its operational functions of growth, preventive and rehabilitative.
The Ahmadu Bello University Counselling and Human Development Centre serve as a referral point for other similar Centres in other Universities as mentioned above and have been collaborating with both Government and Non-Governmental Organizations. It also have Linkages with all Departments, Faculties, Centres, ABU Medical Centre, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) and immediate host community.
The Centre consider the students as a priority followed by staff and host community hence its resolve to effectively exercise the three major functions of counselling.
A catalyst in the University’s drive to deploy strategies for improving Ahmadu Bello University Students and staff career opportunities and sense of social responsibility.
To promote the development of career management initiatives that will enable Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria staff, students and immediate Community acquire critical life skills in order for them to make informed decisions and choices from among several alternatives and also enhance their social development and welfares.
The Centre is to serve as an academic and career development outfit dedicated to helping students and other designated clients to explore career opportunities, gain career-related experiences and acquire skills that would enable them make successful transition after graduation whether to employment or further education and to assist employers in recruiting University students and graduates.