Ganduje re-appoints Dangote as KUST Chancellor
Kogi varsity honours Falola at convocation
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, yesterday, approved the re-appointment of the richest man in Africa and President of Dangote Group, Alh. Aliko Dangote, as Chancellor, Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil.
The governor, however, replaced former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), with Professor Zubairu Iliyasu, as new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the state-owned university.
Ganduje inherited Mahmoud, who was initially appointed by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
The former pro-chancellor could not retain his appointment after the first renewal by the Ganduje administration.
Meanwhile, Ganduje approved the appointment of His Eminence, Dr. Eberechi Dick (JP), Eze Udo I of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community and Patron of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, as Chancellor, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK).
The re-appointment and replacement of members of the governing councils followed the expiration of the old council. Inaugurating the new council members, during the weekly Executive Council Meeting, yesterday, at Government House, Kano, Ganduje disclosed that approval for the new governing councils were based on proven track records.
“Your appointment is based on merit, capacity, capability, experience and your education. We are sure that you will provide enabling environment for the academic pursuit in these institutions of higher learning,” he explained.
Chairmen of the two councils, who spoke on behalf of their members, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them for the new assignment.
They promised to work tirelessly to prove their mettle and to take the two universities to greater heights in terms of academic excellence, productivity and moral standard.
RELATEDLY, as part of activities marking its 5th Convocation, the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, has honoured Prof. Toyin Falola, one of Africa’s greatest scholars, with a national conference by the Department of History and International Studies.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, while declaring the conference, themed ‘Insurgency, Armed Banditry and Ethno-Religious Conflict in Central Nigeria’, open, said it was put together to celebrate Falola’s contributions to education in Africa.
While stressing that his contributions were worthy and noble, he noted: “In contemporary Africa, Prof. Falola has, more than any African scholar, put the narratives of the African story in global discourse and map.”
According to the VC, Falola has raised and nurtured young African scholars through numerous conferences organised within and outside the continent.
“Professor Toyin Falola is a detribalised Nigerian, a great scholar and prolific writer, whose wish and hope are for a united Nigeria that harnessses potential for the development of the continent,” he said.