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Sir Alhaji Ahmadu Bello LATE SARDAUNA OF SOKOTO

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ir Ahmadu Bello lived a short but fulfilled life. He was a teacher, farmer, administrator, politician, statesman and religious leader. He was the premier of the northern region of Nigeria and one of the greatest Nigerian leaders. Sir Bello was born in 1909 in Rabah present day Sokoto State, North; he was a descendant of Uthman Dan Fodio, the renowned 19th-century Moslim spiritual leader of Northern Nigeria. He had his education first at the Sokoto Provincial School, then he proceeded to Katsina Teachers’ Training College. He taught in Sokoto middle school in 1934 and after which he entered the emirate administration as district head of Rabah. In 1938 he made an unsuccessful claim to the office of sultan of Sokoto and the new sultan immediately conferred upon him the traditional, now honorary, title of Sardauna and elevated him to the Sokoto Native Authority Council. Sir Ahmadu Bello got involved in broader political concerns as World War II drew to an end and in 1945 he also assisted in the formation of the Youth Social Circle in Sokoto, a discussion group of Northern educators and civil servants. In 1948 this organization affiliated with the newly

founded Northern People’s Congress (NPC), which was originally conceived as a cultural organization destined to become the leading political party in Northern Nigeria. Sir Ahmadu Bello became increasingly active in the NPC and ultimately its president. In 1949 he was elected by the Sokoto Native Authority to the Northern House of Assembly. Between1949-1950 during the discussions of constitutional reform he became a leading spokesperson for the Northern view of federal government. The first electionwas held in Northern Nigeria in the year 1952, he was elected to the Northern House of Assembly, where he became a member of the regional executive council and minister of works. The following year he accepted the regional portfolio of community development and local government. And in 1954 he became the first premier of Northern Nigeria, a position he held until his death. As president of the NPC and premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello was perhaps the most politically powerful person in Nigeria during the first 5 years of independence, and from 1952 to 1959 he was a member of the Federal House of Representatives. Therefore, when Nigeria became independent in 1960, Sir Ahmadu Bello chose to remain premier of the Northern Region, while the deputy president of the NPC, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, became prime minister and the only one for that matter, of the Federation. In 1962, he founded the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 1964 Sir Ahmadu Bello led the NPC into an alliance with the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP) of the Western Region led by Awolowo’s opponent, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. The coalition party, called the Nigerian National Alliance, won a clear majority in the federal elections of 1964. In 1965 the NNDP claimed victory in a regional election, and the Western Region fell into complete confusion. In January 1966, Sir Ahmadu Bello was assassinated in Kaduna State. culled from the Internet

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The Ahmadu Bello University waswas founded on he Ahmadu Bello University founded October 4, 1962 as the University of Northern on October 4, 1962 as the University of Nigeria by the then Northern governNorthern Nigeria by theRegion then Northern ment and was taken and over was as a taken Federal InstituRegion government over as a tion in 1975. Federal Institution in 1975.

As stated in Part (ii) of its Principal law, the As stated in Part (ii) of its Principal law, the UniUniversitywas created to, among other versity was created to, among other things, things, produce high level manpower, seproduce high level manpower, secure the difcure the diffusionof knowledge, research and fusion of knowledge, research and community community service in Northern Nigeria and service in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria in genNigeria in general, and to function as a center eral, and to function as a center of excellence. of excellence. Sir Ahmadu Ahmadu Bello, Bello, Premier PremierofofNorthern NorthernNigeria Nigeand first Chancellor of the University hadhad this ria and first Chancellor of the University vision for the this vision for University: the University: “The cardinal “The cardinal principle principle upon upon which which our our UniUniversity is founded is to impart knowledge and versity is founded is to impart knowledge and learning to to men learning men and and women women of of all all races raceswithwithout any grounds of race, reout anydistinction distinctionon onthe the grounds of race, ligious, or political beliefs. This principle is enreligious, or political beliefs. This principle is shrined in in the enshrined theUniversity UniversityLaw. Law.Only Onlythrough through freedom of membership and freedom freedom of membership and freedom of of enenquiry and quiry and research research can can aa University University be bedrawn drawn into the into the full full ferment ferment of of thought thought from from which which new knowledge comes. Only if it new knowledge comes. Only if it adheres adheres to to those freedoms those freedoms can can it it become become truly truly great. great. IfIf our staff our staff and and students students are are drawn drawn from from all allparts parts of the world, then the mixture of internationof the world, then the mixture of international al minds working together atmosphere minds working together in in anan atmosphere of of academic freedom can produce a Universiacademic freedom can produce a University ty true ideal and meanings.” true to to its its ideal and meanings.”

University hastwo also nurtured two University also nurtured University Colleges, the AbColleges, the Abdullahi Bayero College (now dullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University, Bayero University, Kano) and the Abubakar Kano) and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa ColTafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafalege Now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University waTechnology, Balewa University Technology, Bauchi). of Bauchi).ofWhile 27 tertiary InstiWhile 27 tertiary Institutions up of Coltutions made up of Colleges ofmade Education, Polleges of Education, Polytechnics Schools ytechnics and Schools of Basic ofand Preliminary of Basicare of Preliminary are affiliated to Studies affiliated to Studies it. it. Within the 40 years of existence, the University Within the 40 years of existence, the Universihad to a great extent, met the development ty had to a great extent, met the development needs for which it was founded, especially with needs for which it was founded, especially regards to the production of high-quality gradwith regards to the production of high-qualuates and Community Service in Engineering, ity graduates and Community Service in EnEnvironmental Design, the Medical Sciences, gineering,Environmental Design, the Medical Agriculture, the Humanities, Education and the Sciences, Agriculture, the Humanities, EducaNatural Sciences. The University’s five hundred tion and the Natural Sciences. The University’s thousand alumni are found in all parts of Nigefive hundred thousand alumni are found in ria, Niger Republic, the Cameroon, South Africa, all parts of Nigeria, Niger Republic, the CameEurope, Asia and the United States. Its products roon, South Africa, Europe, Asia and the Unitoccupy important positions in the public and ed States. Its products occupy important pothe private sectors of the economy, at all levels sitions in the public andthe private sectors of of Government, and in educational Institutions the economy, at all levelsof Government, and of higher learning in and outside Nigeria. in educational Institutions of higher learning in and outside Nigeria. culled from www.abu.edu.ng

From a modest beginning in 1962, by 2002 From a modest beginning in 1962, by 2002 the University has been transformed into the the University has been transformed into the largest and the most extensive of all Universilargest and the most extensive of all Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the Unities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the University covers a land area of 7,000 hectares versity covers a land area of 7,000 hectares and encompasses twelve academic faculties, and encompasses twelve academic faculties, a a Postgraduate School and 82 academic dePostgraduate School and 82 academic departpartments. It also has five Institutes, six spements. It also has five Institutes, six specialized cialized centers, a Division of Agricultural Colcenters, a Division of Agricultural Colleges, a leges, a Demonstration Secondary School, a Demonstration Secondary School, a Primary Primary School and Extension and ConsultanSchool and Extension and Consultancy Sercy Services, which provide a variety of servicvices, which provide a variety of services to the es to the University and the wider society. The University and the wider society. The total stutotal students’ enrolment in the University’s dents’ enrolment in the University’s degree and degree and sub-degree programs is about sub-degree programs is about 35,000, drawn 35,000, drawn from every state of the Federfrom every state of the Federation, Africa and ation, Africa and the rest of world. There are the rest of world. There are about 1,400 acaabout 1,400 academic and research staff and demic and research staff and 5,000 support 5,000 support staff serving the University. The staff serving the University. The University has

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CONTENTS

50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI PAGE 38

Exclusive Interviews with: Professor Abdullahi Mahdi – VC, Gombe State University Page – 16 Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau -Former Governor, Kano State Page – 22 Prof. Sheikh Abdallah -Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Page – 28

Chancellors of ABU from Inception Page – 10 Vice Chancellors of ABU from Inception Page – 11 Vice Chancellor’s Speech at the Special Golden Jubilee Convocation Page – 12

Sani Sidi -DG, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Page – 32 Engr. Muttaqha Rabe Darma -Executive Secretary, PTDF Page – 34

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Ahmadu Bello University is an extraordinary garden whose fruits have grown to be productive, and increased the human capital of the country and the diaspora.

Chairman Editorial Board Mallam Waziri Isa Gwantu

For 50 years, the north and Nigeria as a whole has continued to birl the impact of this great institution which has proven to be an undeniable mantle for educational

Editor Ayobami Ismail Akanji

pursuit; from entrepreneurs, to sportsmen to politicians, to statesmen and the likes, ABU in its own way has contributed to developing our human capabilities. An epitome of greatness, a citadel that has housed various sons and daughters without any boundaries of any sort, ABU is a living proof of a beneficial projection to the land. So we at SW!TCH asked ourselves: how best can we celebrate such a milestone? Verily, we couldn’t find a better way than the exigent recognition of some few individuals and celebrating their rare and unique achievements, remembering few amongst the many products of ABU, who in their own ways have submitted their best of sacrifices and commitment towards nation building. Profound recognition is also given to the staff/ management of the university since its inception till date, who in the harshest of situations have held tight to their dedication in offering their best teaching skills which have manifested into great products and still brewing more. In addition, We bring you inspiring interviews from various stakeholders to mark 50 years of its existence and strife for academic excellence. This would surely be a great read for you, as it was for us to compile.

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AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY

Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello 1962-1966

H.R.H. Oba Akenzua II 1966-1971

His Lordship Sir Udo Udoma 1972-1975

Chief Obafemi Awolowo 1975-1979

H.R.H Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa 1979-2010

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III 2011-date

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AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY

Dr. Norman Alexander S. 1962-1966

Prof. Ango Abdullahi 1979-1986

Prof. Abdullahi Mahadi 1999-2004

Prof. Ishaya Audu 1966-1975

Adamu Nayaya Moh’d 1988-1991

Prof. S. U. Abdullahi 2004-2009

Prof. Iya Abubakar 1975-1978

Prof. Daniel I. Saaro 1991-1995

Prof. O.O Akinkugbe 1978-1979

Maj. Gen. M. T. Kontagora

(Sole Administrator)1995-1998

Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha 2009- Date

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THE VICE CHANCELLOR’S SPEECH AT ABU @ 50

CELEBRATE THE GLORIOUS PAST OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, WORK HARD IN THE PRESENT AND LAY THE FOUNDATION OF A BRIGHT FUTURE

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t istomy privilege and pleasure t is my privilege and pleasure address this Special Goldto address Special en Jubilee Convocation which in serialthis terms is the Gold36th Jubilee Convocation which in the history of Ahmaduen Bello University. In this grand in serial terms is theDegrees 36th inand the finale, we are gathered here to confer Higher of Ahmadu Bello UniverPostgraduate Diplomas tohistory deserving students, to honour sity. men In this grand finale, we are three distinguished and noble and one woman of imgathered here of toHonorary confer Higher maculate quality through the conferment Docand Postgraduate Ditorate Degrees on each of Degrees them, to launch the ABU endowplomas to deserving students, to ment fund and commission the wall of fame. This is a tight distinguished and schedule and as such myhonour speech three will be fairly brief. As I noble men and isone woman of stated yesterday, this special Convocation an auspicious immaculate quality the conferment of Honorary occasion as well as athrough culmination of several activities over DoctorateDegrees each designed of them, to thethe ABU enthe last couple of on months to launch celebrate 50th dowment fund and commission the wall of fame. This is a anniversary of Ahmadu Bello University. Today, the Chanceltight and asHis such my speech willSaad be fairly brief. III As lor ofschedule the University, Eminence Alhaji Abubakar Iwill stated yesterday, this special Convocation is an auspicious confer a total of 2,728 postgraduate awards to deserving graduates as follows: occasion as well as a culmination of several activities over the lastof couple of months designed(PhD) to celebrate A total 108 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees the 50th anniversary of Ahmadu Bello University. Today, the ChancelA total of University, 1,683 Masters M.Sc)Alhaji Degrees lor of the His (M.A, Eminence Saad Abubakar III will confer a total of 2,728 postgraduate awards to deservA total of 937 Postgraduate Diplomas (PGD) ing graduates as follows: Let me congratulate the graduates for the successful comA total of 108 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees pletion of their studies and urge them to deploy the knowlskill they have (M.A, acquired toDegrees good use. I also warmly Aedge totaland of 1,683 Masters M.Sc) congratulate and strongly appreciate the role of the School Aoftotal of 937 Postgraduate (PGD) Postgraduate Studies andDiplomas the lecturers for the hard work that has yielded a bumper harvest at this Special Golden Let me congratulate graduates for the successful comJubilee Convocation. the I am particularly happy at the large pletion of their studies and urge them to deploy the knowlgraduation figures because many of the graduates are staff edge skill theyand have acquired to good use. I also warmlyof theand university their acquisition of higher degrees at congratulate and strongly appreciate the role of the School this point portends greater productivity and qualitative reof Postgraduate Studies and the lecturers for staff the hard work search in the future. It also suggests that our developthat has yielded a bumper harvest at this Special Golden Jument policy is working more efficiently. At this juncture, let bilee Convocation. I am particularly at conferment the large gradme remind all graduating students happy that the of uation many of are staff of higher figures degreesbecause and diplomas at the this graduates Special occasion imthe university and their acquisition of higher degrees at this plies that you have members of the over 800,000 strong point portends greater productivity and qualitative research Alumni that this university has produced in the last fifty in the future. It also suggests that our staff development years. You will therefore be tested and rated in life partly policy is working more efficiently. At thissuccesses juncture, let me reagainst the excellence and spectacular attained mind all graduating students that the conferment of higher by many of them in and outside Nigeria and within and degrees andtertiary diplomas at this Special occasion that outside the educational system. You areimplies a part of a you have members of the over 800,000 strong Alumni that large family that has already set high standards and much is this university in the last of fifty years. You will expected from has you produced especially as holders higher qualificatherefore be tested and rated in life partly against the exceltions. As I stated yesterday, ABU has in the last fifty years lence and spectacular successes attained by many of trained and produced graduates on a set of curricula them that in andthe outside Nigeria and within and outside the expect tertiary instill principle of learning for service. We thus educational You are a part a large familyand that has all of you to system. be the university’s goodofambassadors conalready set high on standards and is expected you duct yourselves the basis of much the solid characterfrom defined especially as holders higher qualifications. As I stated yesby humility, honesty,ofdedication, respect, tolerance, modterday, ABU has in the last fifty years trained and produced eration and sacrifice for the sake of others and the society. I graduates a set curricula that and instillthe the principle of urge you toonuse the of skills, knowledge good characlearning for service. We thus expect all of you to be the uni-

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versity’s good ambassadors conduct the ter you have acquired in ABU and for the serviceyourselves of societyon and basis of the character defined by humility, honesty, humanity. I amsolid confident that the university has trained you dedication, tolerance, to face great respect, challenges secure amoderation respectable and placesacrifice in life. for the sake of others and the society. I urge you to use the skills, Itknowledge is appropriate thisgood juncture to alsoyou affirm theacquired pride of in andatthe character have Ahmadu Bello University in honouring retired General IbraABU for the service of society and humanity. I am confident him Badamasi Babangida, His Royal Highness the Emir of that the university has trained you to face great challenges Kuwait Sabah place Al-Ahmad secure Sheikh a respectable in life.Al-Jabar Al-Saha, retired General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma and the indefatigaIt isAlhaja appropriate at this also affirm the pride of ble A Mogaji. This juncture universitytohonours them because Ahmadu Bello University in honouring retired General Ibraeach one of them has made tremendous contributions to himdevelopment Badamasi Babangida, His societies Royal Highness the Emir the of his or her and humanity in of Kuwait In Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Saha, retired general. their respective capacitiesAl-Jabar as advocates of peace General Theophilus Danjuma and the indefatigable and progress they areYakubu deserving of inclusion in the prestigAlhaja Mogaji. This university honours them because each ious listAof statesmen, entrepreneurs, nobilities and other one of them has made great achievers that ABUtremendous has uniquelycontributions honoured in to thethe lastdevelopment fifty years. of his or her societies and humanity in general. In their respective capacities as advocates of peace and proLet methey humbly state that there is every to celebrate gress are deserving of inclusion inreason the prestigious list of ABU’s half a entrepreneurs, century of existence. But and this other celebration must statesmen, nobilities great achievbe deep reflection and stock-taking. In its ersaccompanied that ABU hasby uniquely honoured in the last fifty years. fifty years of active existence, Ahmadu Bello University has Let me the humbly state that there isfather every and reason celebrate fulfilled wishes of its founding firsttoChancelABU’s of Bello, existence. But this celebration must lor, the half late aSircentury Ahmadu the Sardauna of Sokoto who be accompanied deep reflection stock-taking. In its urged it in 1962 toby strive and become and ‘a truly Nigerian unififty years of active existence, Ahmadu Bello University has versity’. Despite several setbacks, ABU has steadily grown in fulfilled the wishes of its founding father first Chancelsize, function and complexity in the last halfand a century. From lor, the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna ofstudents Sokoto who its modest take-off with just 5 Faculties and 462 in urgedABU it innow 1962 to13 strive and become ‘a truly Nigerian uni1962, has Faculties and a total students enrolversity’. Despite setbacks, has steadily grown ment of about 50,several 000 drawn fromABU all parts of Nigeria and in size, function and complexity in the half100 a century. From beyond. In addition, the university haslast about Academic its modest take-off with Institutes just 5 Faculties and 462a students Departments, 9 Research and Centers, Teaching in 1962, ABU 13 Faculties and aa landmass total students enrolHospital andnow twohas campuses covering of about ment of about 50,growth 000 drawn from allprogrammes, parts of Nigeria and 27km2. The steady in academic infrabeyond. In addition, university hasfor about Academic structure and facilitiesthe partly account the 100 University’s Departments, 9 Research Institutes Centers,enrolment a Teaching large body of Alumni. In terms of itsand student’s Hospital and two campuses covering a landmass of about and staff composition, ABU is the most culturally multiplex 27km2. Theuniversity steady growth in and academic programmes, and vibrant in Nigeria as a university in resi-infrastructure andabout facilities partly forstaff the University’s dence it houses 60% of itsaccount students, and their large body within of Alumni. In terms of itswith student’s enrolment dependents its campuses. Yet, its location in and staff composition, ABUofisZaria the most culturally has, multiplex Samaru and other suburbs the University for andmost vibrant Nigeria and with as a members universityof inits resthe part,university operated in harmoniously idence it houses about 60%the of its students,of staff and their host communities, balancing imperatives modernity dependents within its campuses. Yet,Sardauna with its location with the demands of tradition as the late fervently in SamaruInand suburbs Zaria the University desired. theother last fifty years,ofground-breaking workshas, andfor the most part, operated harmoniously with members of its inventions have been made in several areas of study in the host communities, balancing the imperatives of modernity university. with the demands of tradition as the late Sardauna fervently Itdesired. is an attribute of conventional wisdom that elation over In the last fifty years, ground-breaking works and ainventions memorable past also entails deeper reflection. In this have been made in several areas of study inrethegard, it is important to stress that the astronomical growth university. of ABU took place within extremely trying moments generIt is an attribute of conventional wisdom that shortage elation over ated within and outside the university, acute of a memorable also entails deeper In this regard, resources andpast support and the brain reflection. drain, especially from


it is important to stress that the astronomical growth of ABU took place These withinnaturally extremely moments generatthe mid-1990s. ledtrying to decline in productivity, ed within and outside the university, acute shortage the quality of graduates and high rating of university. of resources and support and the brain drain, especially from the mid-1990s. These naturally led to decline productivity, the However I am happy to announce, in that in last ten years fairly quality of graduates andmeasures high rating university. consistent remediation areofbeing put in place and the worst moment is definitely over and era of glory and However happycoming to announce, that fairlyprestige Iisam steadily back. in That is last whyten weyears celebrate. consistent remediation measures are being put in down place and I am proud to announce that from its position the the worst ABU moment is definitely and erainofNigeria glory and bottom, has now climbedover to the top andpresit is tige is steadily coming is why we We celebrate. I am steadily moving up in back. Africa That and the world. are deeply proud to announce that from its position down the bottom, grateful to the Federal Government for increase in funding ABU now climbed toeffective the top interventions in Nigeria andthrough it is steadily and has series of timely and TETmoving up in Africa and the world. We are deeplygrateful to Fund and the NUC. We thank several net-worth individuals the Government for increase in funding and series of andFederal organizations, including the McAurthur Foundation and timely and effective through TETFundsupport, and the the Central Bank ofinterventions Nigeria for their tremendous NUC. We thank several net-worth and organizadonations and assistance. Withoutindividuals these supports, ABU will tions, including the McAurthur Foundation and the Central not have come this far. Bank of Nigeria for their tremendous support, donations and assistance. supports, ABU will notgoal have come The series Without of reformthese undertaken internally were specific this andfar. were essentially geared towards repositioning ABU and transforming it into an apex university whose programmes The of and reform internally were goal specific andseries fit into takeundertaken a place of pride in the knowledge, Sciand were geared towards ence andessentially technology-based world of repositioning the 2l centuryABU that and Nitransforming it into within. an apexThis university whose programmes geria must operate extensive reform entails the and fit into and take a place of pride in the knowledge, Scifollowing: ence and technology-based world of the 2l century that Nigeria must operate within. This extensive reform entails the • Creation of a vibrant teaching, learning and research envifollowing: ronment by using ICT-based state of the art facilities such as interactive boards, teleconferencing in lecture delivery, labo• ratory Creation a vibrantwork, teaching, learning researchput enviandofresearch Seminars, Abu and has already in ronment by using state the facilitiesthrough such as place a robust ICT ICT-based and has net workofall itsart campuses interactive boards, teleconferencing in lecture delivery, labfibre optics. oratory and research work, Seminars, Abu has already put in place a robust ICT and has netand work all its campuses through • Extensive review of under post graduate curricula to fibre optics. current trends in the world of knowledge- proincorporate duction, guarantee greater collaboration and linkages with • the Extensive reviewinstitutions of under and post instill graduate curricula to best tertiary globally, entrepreneurial incorporate current trends in the world of knowledgeskills in students and build a synergy with industry for prothe duction, guarantee collaboration and linkages with maximum utilizationgreater of products of research and inventions. the best tertiary institutions globally, instill entrepreneurial skills in students build a synergy withteaching industryand for the • Upgrading andand expansion of existing remaximum utilization of products research and inventions. search facilities and provision of of equipment for the laboratories, workshops and stadia in the sciences, the social sci• ences Upgrading and expansionThe of existing research and the humanities. facilitiesteaching for theseand reforms are facilities and provision of equipment for the laboratories, currently being integrated with other key research facilities workshops and in theadvanced sciences,researches the social sciences and through the ICTstadia to enable in Medicine, the humanities. The facilities for these reforms are currently Agriculture, Biotechnology, etc. being integrated with other key research facilities through the ICT to enable advanced researches in Medicine, Agricul• Transformation of the library system through digitalization ture, etc. and Biotechnology, ICT so that its resources and facilities can be accessed at all levels in the university. • Transformation of the library system through digitalization and ICTrestoration so that its resources and facilities can be accessed at • The and sustenance of an intellectual culture all levelsincludes in the university. which discourses, seminars, debates, exchange of ideas, qualitative research, production and dissemination of • knowledge The restoration and sustenance of an on intellectual and building of consensus the basis culture of rawhich includes discourses, seminars, debates, exchange of tional frameworks and methods. ideas, qualitative research, production and dissemination of knowledge and building of consensus the basis of ration• Maintenance and expansion of our on serene physical envialronment frameworks and methods. which includes not only gardens, orchards, parks, etc, but also classrooms, libraries, laboratories, lecture thea• tres; Maintenance expansion ofresidences. our serene physical environstudents and hostels and staff ment which includes not only gardens, orchards, parks, etc, but classrooms, laboratories, theatres; • A also re-orientation of libraries, existing research policylecture to include colstudents hostels and staffas residences. laboration with industry well as other research institutes and centres, to develop strategies in key areas of agriculture, • A re-orientation of existing research policy to include collaboration with industry as well as other research institutes

and centres, to develop strategies in key areas of agriculture, healthand andentrepreneurial entrepreneurialskills. skills. health The adoption adoptionof ofaaconsensus-based consensus-basedadministration administrationwhich which •• The encourages the full participation of staff and students in theencourages the full participation of staff and students in the decision making process. decision making process. Formulation of ofan anappropriate appropriatebut butequitable equitableand and fair •• Formulation fair re-reward system which recognizes and compensates merit, ward system which recognizes and compensates merit, hard- work work as as well wellas aspromotes promotesthe theculture cultureofofproductivity productivity hardandexcellence. excellence. and The creation creation of of university-wide university-widedata database baseononfacilities, facilities, •• The equipment,staff staffand andstudents, students,records, records,assets assets and University equipment, and University propertyfor foreffective effectiveplanning planningand andmanagement. management. property thethe administrative machinery and and struc•• The Thereformation reformationofof administrative machinery ture of the university in such a way that the nonteaching structure of the university in such a way that the non- teachstaffstaff performs those duties for which they areare employed with ing performs those duties for which they employed diligence, competence and effectiveness. with diligence, competence and effectiveness. Reviewof ofstaff staffdevelopment developmentpolicy policytotoenhance enhancecapacity capacity •• Review in in general giving givingacademic academicand andtechnical technicalstaff staffthe thenecessary necessary general exposureto tocorrect correcttrends, trends,with withrequisite requisitecompetence competence and exposure and qualifications befitting a first generation university like ABU. qualifications befitting a first generation university like ABU. CHALLENGES Challenges Althoughmuch muchhas hasbeen beensosofar farachieved, achieved,there there many chalAlthough many challenges ahead in these include the following: lenges ahead in these include the following: Decongesting the the existing existingcampuses campuseswhere wherethere thereis isnono •• Decongesting more land for development by preparing and commencing more land for development by preparing and commencing projectson on new newlandscape landscapein inthe the phase phase two two of of the the UniverUniversiprojects ty’s master-plan. requires enormous enormousinjection injectionofoffunds funds sity’s master-plan. This This requires whichthe theuniversity universitydoes doesnot nothave. have. which Finding the the resources resourceswith withwhich whichtotomeet meetthe theincreasing increasing •• Finding cost of maintaining existing facilities that are old and overcost of maintaining existing facilities that are old and overstretched. stretched. Design and and construction constructionofofnew newfacilities facilitiesfor forthe theSciences Sciences •• Design that can more adequately accommodate knowledge prothat can more adequately accommodate knowledge production in the 21st Century. duction in the 21st Century. Finding the theappropriate appropriatecollaboration collaborationand andsupport supportfor forthe the•• Finding expansionofoffacilities facilitiesfor forstaff staffand andstudents students services, includexpansion services, includingresidency residencyand andvocational vocationalfacilities. facilities. ing These daunting dauntingchallenges challengesbut butthey theyalso alsoimply implythat thatininthe the These context of competing needs and limited resources of governcontext of competing needs and limited resources of govment, Universities have had to to think of of alternative sources ernment, Universities have had think alternative sourc-of revenue generation and develop the mechanism for prudent es of revenue generation and develop the mechanism for management of scarce resource. Although the university prudent management of scarce resource. Although the uni-internally-generated revenue revenue has improved and the institution versity internally-generated has improved and the is bequeathed with strategic facilities,facilities, institutions and veninstitution is bequeathed with strategic institutions tures, it will still require goodwill of otherof donors.This and ventures, it will still the require the goodwill other do- is partlyThis why the university is launching an endowmentfund nors. is partly why the university is launching an endowtoday. ABU needs all the support it can get is restored ment fund today. ABU needs all the supportasit itcan get as itto its rightful place in the world of knowledge production. is restored to its rightful place in the world of knowledgeproduction. I thank you very much for your time and conI thank you very much for your time and congratulate all our gratulate all our graduates and wish all our visitors a safe graduates and wish all our visitors a safe journey back home. journey back home. Professor Abdullahi Mustapha,

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GEN.IBRAHIM BADAMOSI BABANGIDA CONFERMENT Doctor of Law Degree

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golden privilege is what I consider to be availed with the rare opportunity to write something about this great citadel of learning, the largest university in the Sub-Saharan Africa and North of the Limpopo that produced great, unique and distinguished personalities within and outside Nigeria. Half a century of existence alone commands in all ramifications a celebration and most especially with magnificent achievement recorded. It indeed foes without saying that ABU has indeed graduated the largest number of students who have all in one way or the other made landmark achievements towards the development of our nation, ranging from late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Vice President (present) Arch. Namadi Sambo, State Governors, Senators, Members House of Representatives, Ministers, Diplomats, scientists, Businessmen, justices of the Supreme Court, and a host of other important personalities. Within the span of 50 years, the university has recorded tremendous and mind arresting achievements; crowning as the largest university Sub-Saharan with over 50,000 Undergraduate and Post graduate students and about 6500 academic and supporting members of the staff drawn from the 774 Local Governments of Nigeria, hence the university is no doubt the most cosmopolitan University in Nigeria. A student Union is no doubt and avenue for pursuit of students’ plight and protection of their interest. The Students Representative Council (SRC) 2012/2013 academic session under its leadership of my humble self, Comrade Abubakar Aliyu Rafindadi in the same vain is serving as a turning point and a yardstick used in gaging its predecessors because of plethora achievement recorded in terms of policies and projects that are improving the welfare of its proudly 35000 students. These achievements inter alia include: 1. The procurement of 3 brand new inter Campus shuttle buses. 2. Rehabilitation and repair of 9 Keke Napep for intra Campus transportation. 3. Construction of sufficient drying stands across all the hostels of the university. 4. Construction of 3 mini basketball courts in Suleiman Hall, Ribadu Hall and Tafawa Balewa Hall 5. Other sporting facilities like table tennis, scrabble, chess, skipping ropes, etc. 6. Publication of a book of 50 years of student leadership in ABU, Zaria.

gating and persuading the university and other companies to build more hostels. 9. Subsidizing the cost of goods and services offered to students within the university environment. 10. Partnering and organizing an Etisalat promotion where a lot of students won mind arresting prices as well as organizing a public seminar where top motivational speakers in the country were invited. 11. Organizing a seminar “Ethnicity, Religion and Corruption; Challenges for National Security”, respected statesmen, academicians and government officials spoke on the topic. 12. Rehabilitation and total renovation of the Student Union Secretariat both in Samaru and Kongo campus. 13. Bringing GT Bank to open free accounts for students and give mind arresting prices during the promo. Other polices. Other policies pursued and achieved include: 1. Employment of new doctors in the university health service (sick bay). 2. Creation of dedicated desks in the school clinic which will be manned for 24/7 by doctors to attend to emergency cases. 3. New and more viable policies for hostel accommodation. 4. Changing the nomenclature of Business Education certificate from B.Ed. to B.Sc.Ed. All the above achievement were designed and geared towards replacing the university at its natural apex position to the envy of its contemporaries and inspiration of others by ABU SRC 2012/2013 administration. There are however daunting challenges faced by my administration in championing and protecting the interest of Abusites, some of which include; very limited resources and lack of financial autonomy among other things. Comrade Abubakar Aliyu Rafindadi SRC President (2012/2013 Session)

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The arrival of the VP and the Sultan of Sokoto

Speaker, Waziri Tambuwal, The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Abubakar Sa’ad and The Vice President of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi Sambo, Minister of Education, and Gov. Yero

Group of degree awardees

Procession of the university dons

The V.C leads the procession

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From right Vice President Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, representing President Goodluck Jonathan, congratulating former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), after the Honourary Doctorate of Law by Ahmadu Bello University

Minister of education, Prof. Rukayat Rufai and the VC Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha

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The Chairman And Management The Chairman And Management Of First Bank Felicitate Felicitate Of First Bank With The Management And Staff With The Management And Staff Of The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Of The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. On Its Golden Jubilee Anniversary On It’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary U @ 50 AB

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He is a gentle elderly man of rank, value and ingenious character, whose extraordinary disposition is rather affec-

He is a gentle elderly man valuedistinction, and ingenious character, extraordinary disposition is tionate. He is a true great manof ofrank, unequalled a fine teacher andwhose a no-nonsense disciplinarian who is by rather affectionate. He is a true great man of unequalled distinction, a fine teacher and a no-nonsense all the yards, student and youth friendly. A composition of rare acumen you’d say – little wonder his unquantifiable disciplinarian whostudents is by alland thestaff. yards, student youth friendly. A composition ofUniversity rare acumen popularity amongst A former Viceand Chancellor of the premier Ahmadu Bello from you’d 1999say – little wonder his unquantifiable popularity amongst students and staff. A former Vice Chancellor 2004 now occupying the same noble position as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Gombe State University. Meet the of the premier Ahmadu Bello University from 1999-2004 now occupying the same position as the indomitable Professor Abdullahi Mahdi, a household name in the history of Ahmadu Bello noble University who will so, pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Gombe State University. Meet the indomitable Professor Abdullahi Mahdi, continue to be as long as the beautiful plants on the campuses remain green and the flowers keep to blooming pride. aInhousehold name in the the history of professor Ahmadu of Bello University so, continue to be as including long as the this revealing interview, erudite history who haswho held will different exalting positions the beautiful plants on the campuses remain green and the flowers keep to blooming pride. In this directorship of Arewa House in Kaduna, shares some thought provoking knowledge as he takes us on a triprevealback in ing interview, professor of history who with has us held different exalting positions including the time. And also inthe thiserudite interview, we brought him to share his invaluable passion for educational and ecologdirectorship of Arewa House in Kaduna, shares some thought provoking knowledge as he takes us on a ical activism being in the stewardship of Mahdi’s Foundation. trip back in time. And also in this interview, we brought him to share with us his invaluable passion for educational and ecological activism being in the stewardship of Mahdi’s Foundation.

Sir, Ahmadu Bello University is celebrating the Golden Jubilee, as a former Vice Chancellor from a recent past provide us with an insight into this uncommon achievement and what exactly the university is celebrating at fifty (50) years? Well there is so much news about it already; ABU is 50 years old and one of the country’s oldest universities. There can be no doubt that ABU is the most Liberal University in Nigeria in terms of its admission and employment policy. ABU is a community built on heterogeneity and Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 162 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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socio-cultural diversity. ABU is a microcosm of the actual Nigerian society. There is virtually no local government in this country that is not represented here; no other university in Nigeria has achieved this kind of feat. And if you will consider the range of academic faculties and their respective departments available, you will agree with me no less that the institution is by orientation and standard a great centre of learning and its achievement in the last fifty years has been quite colossal and the golden jubilee celebration itself is really a monumental piece of


history. So I think to be very selfish, there is no its environment been a major inseparable factor university in Nigeria that can beat ABU in what- in human psycho-social development. The need ever field you can think of. to create a true conducive living and learning environment for the community especially the stuSir, as a renowned academician whose efforts in dents became paramount. And luckily the school improving the ecological system in the country is a was itself a body of natural endowment. ABU was phenomenon and as such, a wakeup call to other the most forested university in the whole counprogressives, how have you been able to manage try, so we keyed in on that factor and made it a your commitment to improving academic values priority to beautify it. Now we have one of the and excellence and at the same time greatly par- most beautiful (university) environment and we ticipate in ecological activism? are continuing. You witnessed when the manageGrowing up in the last days of colonial rule in ment invited me for the tree planting exercise. Nigeria, I had very good education in terms of It was really good and sincerely encouraging to standard. Especially the type of education I had know that the work we are doing is been recin Ahmadu Bello University. It was a composition ognized and appreciated and hopefully it will reof rare sophistication. The value of education, the main a tradition. type of educators and their unmistakable com- We understand that the Mahdi Foundation has a mitments were apparently the good force that great presence in Gombe State. Sir can you give us drove the system to its lofty height. Almost 90% an insight to the Foundation’s work and achieveof the academic staff were expatriates drawn ment so far and what are the challenges? from all over the world. From Uganda to Russia, Brazil to Denmark to India, to Malaysia and so on. Well in brief I started working towards this project Then it was a conglomeration of staff and every when I was a graduate assistant and as a graduone of them worked really very hard. We were ate from that time, I found some students in very really proud with the type of education we re- pathetic situations concerning the payment of ceived in the beginning of the 70s, and this was a tuition fees and we were attracted to ourselves. time when the Nigerian universities were regard- But it became more formal at the beginning of ed very highly all over the world. As a graduate this century, actually with the establishment of from a Nigerian university in the ‘70s’ especially SBRS in Funtua, I sponsored about fifteen (15) ABU, everybody held you in high esteem, you students and since then I have sponsored certain walk around with confidence. So this is the sort number of students, not just in Funtua but as well of accomplishment that has encouraged us to do in ABU, Gombe, Maiduguri and other universiwhatever we can, but the most important phe- ties. This doesn’t apply to only Nigerian students nomenon are the type of teachers and their level but also foreign students have benefitted from of dedication to their respective undertakings in my scholarships which support them for the enthis very university. And we still look back to our tire duration of their study. For example this year; days in ABU with regards to those kinds of teach- each student that I am sponsoring about fifteen ers and we thought we have a responsibility. If (15) of them had to pay about N63,000 in Funall of these teachers did work hard, and as I said tua. And there are dozens and dozens of them most of them were expatriates, and few Nigerians, in different universities across the country. This is then we know we are duty bound to do our own only part of the foundation’s efforts in improving very best in the best of way we can. We received human capacity. During the tree planting exervery good education so there is no reason why cise I said I had spent ten million naira (N10M) we shouldn’t give the best example in terms of so far towards the preservation of the dam which education to our own people, we are very proud is a very important lifeline for the survival of this of this university. I was an activist and still I am. university. And I also mentioned the fact that I participated in all system of administration in the Funtua and Katsina areas are involved. I’ve the university and held different vital positions at participated keenly in reforestation of the region different times, from Head of Department to Vice mainly for ecological sustenance. There are so Chancellor. Such positions afforded me the time many areas that I’m involved in. I’m interested and space to liaise between the community and in provision of disaster reliefs, with humility we 173 | switchmagazineonline.com Vol. 217 Iss. 3 vol 2: iss switchmagazineonline.com


during a state visit by former President Obasanjo to Gombe State, he came by for a visit to the school and he asked me, “how do you

cope with this little wretched place compared to ABU?”(General laughter) even Former Vice

Gombe State University

President Atiku Abubakar asked me the same question. Journalists like you ask me the same question, but the most important thing is that I have been a teacher all my life, I don’t know any other thing that can be really fulfilling beyond imparting good knowledge in fellow humans. And whenever the opportunity to impart knowledge knocks on my door, I am quick to latch it open with an embrace. Moreover if foreigners can come here to do this type of function, I then see no reason why I should not be able to take that up. This is who I am. I can take a primary school teaching job, without any inferiority complex. By and by, since my time in the leadership of Gombe State University, I am really glad the level of education has been up by a large percentage and it’s quite impressive and exhilarating. It may interest you to know that we’ve founded four tertiary institutions in Gombe State very closely related to the university; first of all I started with the school for basic and remedial studies and then the university to admit the students who have gone through the needed assessment and are qualified for admission into different degree programmes of choice. We have also established two schools for remedial and basic studies, one in Kumo and the other in Duku which is mainly for girls. So by doing these, I’ve had an opportunity to make my own humble contribution to extending the frontiers of knowledge in Nigeria.

offered assistance to those who are involved in the flood disaster. When I was Vice Chancellor, we popularized this project for students from neighboring African countries and many of them came from Niger. I remember creating a hall for them in SULEMAN HALL and in DANFODIO HALL. Most of them were physically challenged so I took on their scholarship fully, and of course I don’t care where you come from or what religion you practice or what country you are from, once you merit the scholarship either because you are physically challenged or because you are financially disadvantaged, you are qualified. The most important thing is, once you are admitted on scholarship at the preliminary level, up to the time you graduate maybe if you study Medicine six or seven years, you enjoy the scholarship on annual basis; chang- Sir can you share some of the cardinal objectives ing year by year as the universities change their of the Late Premier in view of his commitment to educational development and maybe the reason tuition fees. why this University was conceived 50 years ago? Sir we have also come to appreciate your leadership quality and flexibility, as a former Vice You see I’m emotionally attached to the late Chancellor of a federal higher academic institu- Premier of Northern region, he’s a person I know tion. Now that you are at the fore of leadership personally, I saw him in action, I saw him visiting in a state-owned university, what do you con- schools, I saw him giving the copies of his biography to primary school students to read, I saw sider as the ups and downs? him encouraging northerners to go to school, Many people have asked me this same ques- to join the military. He was simply a wonderful tion. In fact when I just finished my tenure as person, before he became premier there were the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, just a handful of secondary schools in Northern the governor of Gombe State sent his commis- Nigeria mainly missionary schools, within 10 sioner to invite me to start a new university, years of his becoming premier of Northern NiVol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 182 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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geria, not only did we have Ahmadu Bello University, we had the famous Kaduna Polytechnic, we had colleges of education, we had dozens and dozens of secondary schools. But he was not contented with that, he is one person who visited all the provinces even with their very bad roads and his point of action in such places was establishing a school. He insisted to always visit the children and more so encourage them to work very hard towards attaining success. So when he was about to establish a university, that time there were just a handful of people who qualified for admission into the university. There was then a system that we refer to as higher school certificate; very few people were passing the examination and in the northern part of the country people cared less about sitting for GCE, O level or A level for admission. The establishment of Ahmadu Bello University makes a whole lot of difference, without ABU, the north would have never ever been the same. Left to other northern elites, the university wouldn’t have been established. Sardauna at one time sent out a minister from his cabinet meeting because he insisted that there was no need for the establishment of a university. Good education for any average Nigerian was Sardauna’s vision and the establishment of the university was a legacy which has been able to drive the vision to fruition and for this, he would always be remembered for ever. When you go to the national assembly, most of them graduated from ABU, when you go to government houses, the same awaits you. Not just in the north only, most of them graduated from ABU. Even ministers, commissioners or permanent secretaries and other technocrats in the larger sum are graduates of this university. This is why I told you initially that there is something special about ABU; ABU is just different from other universities not just in terms of huge size but its ability to catch students from every corner. As you have mentioned sir, the youths of today are not privileged and opportuned as those in the ’60s and ’70. How best can this imbalance be tackled? That is a very important question, and there is no magic answer to this but the most important thing is don’t be discouraged, don’t be dispirited, don’t be depressed, and don’t be demoralized. There is a popular saying in Hausa; “kasa

ya lalace ba wani jaran da zaka yi”… (the country

is spoilt and hopeless). If you buy that kind of perception you will become demobilized, demoralized and you will not do anything for the country. And my advice and is not an original one, I also got it from somebody; ’’just do whatever you can in your own capacity, don’t care about what other people aren’t doing’’. I was paid pocket money in primary school, then secondary school through my university education I was paid a very generous scholarship, these are benefits that our youths are being deprived of but don’t lose hope because things are bound to change. The tragedy about the current situation is that there are no standards; you people are not inheriting standards now. Again most of the governors in Nigeria are relatively young people, same applies to the national assembly, but these people aren’t setting a good example. Just take the situation as a challenge and try to do the best you can for your country; this is how our country can grow because things are bound to change in Nigeria for the better. So don’t be demoralized, you need to work very hard and be honest in whatever occupation or area you find yourselves. You can contribute to the society in whatever way you can; you don’t have to be a billionaire to make a contribution. I know situation in this country is so demoral-

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izing, so terrible but see it as a challenge. Sir, as a former Vice Chancellor where do you see Ahmadu Bello University in the next fifty (50) years , when the institution will be celebrating its centenary? It’s a very difficult question, but fortunately I’m a student and professor of History, historians are not magicians but we can also use the law of motion. There is a difference between yesterday, today and tomorrow, it’s a continuum. Having said that, ABU has all the wherewithal, I repeat; ABU has all the wherewithal to forge ahead by leaps and bounds. The facilities that we have in this university especially the infrastructural facilities, no other university in this country can boast of. And you should know that this Ahmadu Bello University is many universities in one, so it

It’s very easy! Indeed, corruption can be curtailed in this country in one year or even less, the important thing is, we should insist on the rule of law. At the moment, Nigerians are amongst the most lawless people in the world. I can assure you that a Nigerian can be very law abiding. If the law enforcing agents like the police, anti-graft, anti-corrupt practices and the law court applies the laws of this country, if it sends twenty (20) top government officials including governors and senators to prison, real prison, let Nigerians see them in prison uniform serving jail terms for corrupt practices, I tell you that governors and other public officials will stop stealing. You see, it is not because we are black that we are corrupt, or because we have so much money, it is because there is no rule of law. You get away with crime in this country.

It’s very easy! Indeed, corruption can be curtailed in this country in one year or even less,

has got all the facilities and opportunity to step up. Fortunately there is good news for Nigerian universities; the Education Trust Fund (ETF) which was brought about by ASUU and is now pouring so much money into the Nigerian university system. For instance, Gombe State University, just a new State University, we have more than 50 academic staff sent abroad, this wasn’t possible in the ‘80s. Since the fund given is proportionate to the size of the university, ABU stands a greater chance of doing the same, ETF brightens the future of Nigerian universities. There is no reason why ABU shouldn’t be a world class university if it is able to harness this opportunity properly and get its acts right. The same corruption aforementioned is what everybody lays emphasis on when considering the problems of this country, has been a major problem. How best can we extirpate this social vice that has eaten deep into every fibre of our existence as a nation? Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 202 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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A message to the Nigerian youths

I have already given the message; see the current situation of things as a challenge. And, the most important thing is that the world is moving at a very fast rate, you need to think. Use your head, be very innovative. Try to secure your own little business if you cannot get employment. You see, once you have a university degree, it doesn’t matter in what field, it makes you creative and enables you create your own world. Fortunately this entrepreneurship studies have now been introduced into the university curriculum, own your own jobs. So, see all these things, first of all, as not permanent, secondly as a challenge. And do not say because others, all the generations before you are corrupt, you must join them in that race, don’t do that. Try to make a positive contribution in your own capacity, no matter how small.

Thank you for your time sir. You are welcome gentlemen.


The Senate Building

Mamman Kontagora Square

The ABU Logo at the Main Gate

A walkway beside Geography Dept

Overhead view of Mechanical Dept

Behind Kashim Ibrahim Library

Sick Bay Entrance

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Human anatomy and Physiology

One of ABU’s football pitches

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an ABU @ 50 special! In the spirit of the Golden Jubilee celebration we sat down with an illustrious alumni of the university, the former Governor of Kano state and presidential aspirant of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2011 elections, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau who speaks of his nostalgic experience as a student and steps which should be taken to improve the standard of education.

Your youyou tell tell us aus little aboutabout your Two-third my service years I was in education Your Excellency, Excellency,can can a little obtainableoftoday? childhood? so I know all the challenges and trends. Comyour childhood? Two-third myto service yearsofI was in education paring thatof time now, one the greatest difWell, Well, thank thank you you very very much. much. II was wasborn born5th 5thNoNo- ferences so I know all the challenges and trends. Comis in two areas; the issue of funding and vember vember 1955 1955 in in Kano Kano city, city, in in an an area area called called then paring that time to When now, one the greatest overpopulation. I wasof a school prinKurmawa Kurmawa quarters, quarters, growing growing up up in in an an Islamic Islamic cipal differences is in two areas; the issue of funding I used to prepare my own school budget. environment environment naturally naturally before before going going to to primaprima- Funds and then overpopulation. When school were given directly to me, I Iwas buyabooks ry education. By 1961 when I was only five (5) ry education. By 1961 when I was only five (5) for principal I used to prepare my own school students and teaching materials, we usually years years old old at at the the time, time, the the usual usual age age of of going going to to had budget. Funds were given directly to me, buy close to sufficient structural materials Iand school was seven but I had a unique circumschool was seven but I had a unique circum- in books andstaff teaching materials, we termsfor of students staff quality, incentives were instance stance that that led led me me to to school school at at the the age age of of five five troduced usually had close to sufficient structural materito the system. As a classroom teacher, (5). started in (5). II started in 1961 1961 and and attended attendedGidan GidanMakaMaka- Ials and in terms mathematics of staff quality, staff incentives used to enjoy teachers’ allowma Primary School for seven years, I finished in ma Primary School for seven years, I finished in ance/ were introduced to theallowance. system. AsIta wasn’t classroom science teachers’ so 1967. 1967. By By 1968 1968 II enrolled enrolled into into secondary secondary school school much, teacher, I used to enjoy mathematics teachit was N25 but it meant a lot then, it was at the Aminu at the Aminu Kano Kano Community CommunityCollege. College. ers’ allowance/science teachers’ very attractive. In fact most of us allowance. teaching inIt wasn’t so much, it was N25 but it meant lot the rural areas had shopping allowance, at athe By 1973 II came came to Ahmadu Bello By 1973 to Ahmadu Bello University, University, then, it was very attractive. In fact most of us end of the month you are paid certain allowZaria and finished finished with with Mathematics Zaria and Mathematics Education Education teaching in the rural areas had shopping allowance to go to the city and do some shopping. in in 1977, 1977, II had had my my NYSC NYSC between between 1977-1978, 1977-1978, ance, at the end of the month you are paid cerImmediately we joined the service, we had vethen then II joined joined the the State State Service Service as as aa classroom classroom tain allowance to go to the city and do some hicle allowance, so I bought a car and was given teacher teacher teaching teaching mathematics mathematicseducation. education. Immediately joined Ithe ashopping. three bedroom flat as awe bachelor, hadservice, more At a point in time, you were the DG, Ministry of we had vehicle allowance, so I bought a car and At a point in time, you were the DG, Ministry than I wanted in the house, well furnished with Education/Youth Development, a headmaster, was givenand a three flat asall a bachelor, utensils evenbedroom a stereo player to myself I of Education/Youth Development, and a head- all what are those features of dissimilarities during had more than I wanted in the house, well furcommaster, what are those features of dissimilari- (general laughter). So you can see I was so yourduring time compared what’s obtainable today? nished with all utensils and even a stereo player ties your timetocompared to what’s Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 222 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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fortable, I was able to dedicateSo allyou of my all to myself (general laughter). canlife seeto I teaching compared Ito what you today, was so comfortable, was able tohave dedicate allthe of welfare not there coupledto with theyou number my life toisteaching compared what have of students to handle. As a math teacher then today, the welfare is not there coupled with I was handling four classes with a As population the number of students to handle. a math of 30-34 students to each class, so averagely teacher thenI was handling four classes with a when you add it upstudents I was handling population of 30-34 to eachabout class,100 so plus students. But today you have thousands of averagely when you add it up I was handling students for teachers to handle. The funding of about 100 plus students. But today you have our time was great, when need more funds thousands of students foryou teachers to handle. youfunding write to of theour ministry andgreat, the funds will be The time was when you given to the school principal which he will use to need more funds you write to the ministry and buyfunds necessary learning The absence the will be given materials. to the school princiof these things will affect the qualities because pal which he will use to buy necessary learnwhen you don’t enough structural, ing materials. Thehave absence of these thingswhen will there is overpopulation the welfare of the stuaffect the qualities because when you don’t dents is not looked after. So there are a lot of have enough structural facilities, when there is challenges thatthe affect the quality of students overpopulation welfare of the students is we have today, comparing 25-30 years ago with not looked after. So there are a lot of challengwhat havethe today is a very serious challenge. es thatyou affect quality of students we have In fact some will argue that we are growing, we today. Comparing 25-30 years ago with what have more students now, and more graduates you have today is a very serious challenge. In but some the quality is yetthat another thing becausewe of fact will argue we are growing, whatmore they pass through, university level have students now,even and at more graduates today you find students taking lecture through but the quality is yet another thing because of

the window because of the population andlevel the what they pass through, even at university qualityyou of teacher-student relationship. today find students taking lecture through the window because of the population and the So it’s not that the teachers are not willing but quality of teacher-student the number of students arelationship. teacher is asked to handle, bethat it atthe primary, secondary or evenbut at So it’s not teachers are not willing the number tertiary level is so much. Well, we with the of students a teacher is pray asked to a lot of concerns these things are going to imhandle, be it at primary, secondary or even at prove. the tertiary level is so much. Well, we pray with

a One lot ofwill concerns these are going to imthen ask; whythings the policy makers did prove. not have a foresight to look into the challenges

the population boom willthe create and makers strategize One will then ask; why policy dida remedy it? not havefor a foresight to look into the challenges the population boom I think it has do with will our create status and as a strategize nation, to abe remedy fair to for theit? leaders of the past, the challenge on itthe increase, challenges other serIare think has do withthe our status as of a nation, to vices to the the past, people, peobe fairto tobe theprovided leaders of thesome challenge ple will be talking of good drinking water, good are on the increase, the challenges of other roads, electricity supply, good So all services to be provided to thehospitals. people, some of thesewill things are challenges to the governpeople be talking of good drinking water, ment, plus education which we call “a bottomgood roads, electricity supply, good hospitals. lessallpit”; whatever youare throw into education So of these things challenges to the if you look down will swallow it and government, plus iteducation which we ask call for “a more. So wepit”; find whatever ourselves in a situation wherebottomless you throw into ed-

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ucation youoflook it will swallow by the ifrate thedown population growth it by andfarask for more. So we find ourselves out-weighs the rate of funding inand a situation whereby by structures. the rate ofTothe development of the population growth far out-weighs the day the number ofby universities is a hunrate of funding and development of the dred plus but they (universities) cannot structures. Today thepercent number univertake ten to twenty of of qualified sities is a hundred plus but theyschools (univerproducts from the secondary sities) cannot take ten to twenty and likewise not all primary percent school ofleavers qualified products from the secondare able to be accommodated ary schools and likewise primary in the secondary schools,not oneallwill then school leavers to be accommoask; what will are thenable be the solution? dated in the secondary schools, one will Some arethen calling for solution? a declathen ask;people what will be the ration of a state of emergency, meanSome people are calling a declaration ing let’s dedicate somefor 30-40% of our ofbudget a statetoofeducation emergency, meaning let’s to address all the dedicate some of our budget problems of 30-40% infrastructure, teachingto education all the problems materials, to to address have more schools/uniofversities infrastructure, teaching materials, to accommodate everybody.to have accomThismore couldschools/universities be done but howto ready is modate everybody. This could be done the government? How ready are the but how readyHow is the government? How electorates? ready are the comready are the electorates? How ready are munities to receive this? Because when the communities to receive this? Because you say give 40% to education for the when you say give 40% to education for next 10 years for instance, this will the next 10 years for instance, this will mean less in the construction of roads, mean less in the construction of roads, less in the provision of drinking water, less in the provision of drinking water, less in terms of health services and so less in terms of health services and so on. on. How many of our electorates in our How many of our electorates in our popolitical system where people are so litical system where people are so impaimpatient, wanting to see the dividends tient, wanting to see the dividends of deof democracy, how many people, who mocracy? how many people, who know know and appreciate the value of eduand appreciate the value of education? cation? Because without sound education, all of Because without sound education, all of these things will not be possible later. It is these things will not be possible later. It the educational system that will produce is the educational system that will prothese people who will come and provide duce these people who will come and the services and even maintain them. If provide the services and even maintain we need this, we need more funding for them. If we need this, we need more education, and more funding means othfunding for education, and more funder sectors will have to wait. Then it will ing means other sectors will have to require the support of the entire comwait. Then it will require the support of munity, the support of the legislators, the the entire community, the support of politicians, the executive, everybody has the legislators, the politicians, the exto agree that education requires more ecutive, everybody has to agree that money and let other sectors wait. education requires more money and let otherBello sectors wait. is no doubt the Ahmadu University pride of the north, as it celebrates it’s Ahmadu Bello is no doubt the pride of Golden Jubilee in your view what are the the north, as it celebrates it’s Golden Jusuccess and challenges of the institution? bilee in your view what are the success andIchallenges of theBello institution? Well, think Ahmadu University, has Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 242 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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come a very long way and it has really contributed to Well, I think Ahmadu Bello University, has come a very the growth of our community particularly in the north, long way and it has really contributed to the growth of it has a major source of producing manpower which our community particularly in the north, it has a major is the major requirement for the development of any source producing which is the major resociety,of this we must manpower give credit to the university. A.B.U quirement forNigerian the development of any society, thispart we is part of the environment so they share must give credit to the university. A.B.U is part of the Niof the challenges. There is expansion in terms of adgerian environment so they sharestudents part of the challengmissions, agreed there are more now, I don’t es. There is expansion in terms of admissions, agreed know the number of students in hostels now. When I there morehall, students now, I don’t know the or number was inare Ribadu two (2) of us were in a room maxof students hostels now. Whenmeals I was every in Ribadu hall, imally threein(3). We had special Sunday; two (2) ofchicken, us werethey in a were room good or maximally (3).you We we had days forthree us but had special meals every Sunday; we had chicken, they see, it’s the same challenge; population expansion. were good days you for us butthe youofficers see, it’slooking the same For scholarship find for chalyou lenge; population expansion. For scholarship you find around to pay your scholarship allowance. And it is not the officers looking for you around to pay your scholthat we cannot provide some form of these incentives, arship allowance. is notlevel that of weprivatization. cannot provide it can still be doneAnd withit some So some of has these canthe stillchallenges, be done with I thinkform A.B.U itsincentives, own shareit of so some level of privatization. So I think A.B.U has its own


much lecturerssonow have too what he did was within 30’s and 40’s,inthat’s share demand, of the and challenges, leaders are produced, through musthis involve them all that many students to cater to unlike in the past why he always reminds the youth “don’t think much demand, and lecturers democratic process and the we do. In all we do, of course where you had one-to-one contact. The Liyou are too over) young to participate”. now have too many students youths, (in the world through proper enlightenment braries I learnt are not being supplied with to cater for unlike in the past everywhere you ceneducation Danconduct Massanin Kanoand Maitama Sule asbecause old as heyou the appropriate books as were in the past, where you had one-to-one sus, constitute almost became half of acannot in he anywas situation is today, ministerhelp when 29 some I understand don’t get newspapers, contact. The Libraries I learnt the entire population, so if you that you do not understand. when they established NEPU, The were magazines, journals. Thesewith are some the years, are not being supplied don’tofinvolve the youth and storycontinuation of the eight is people challenges, research is not taking place, the eight (8) of them. The Policy a serious the appropriate books as were yet you are going through theof August established NEPU. who on the 8th university cannot fund the researchers, they in Nigeria, how best in the past, some I understand process of producing lead- problem was 19; he was one of the were compelled to strive on their own so the Maggaji Danbanta can these tides be changed. don’t get newspapers, maga- ers, then a good position of Kano was 20 plus when he eight, while Aminu university introduced too many commerFor example, President Barzines, journals. These are some the society are not involved in laid the establishment of NEPU. cialized courses, and the lecturers are being of the challenges, research is the process and I think one of rack Obama is working with a out-reached and over-stressed. They have All of you have the as his secretary energy and strength to of not taking place, the university the best ways is to be creating Republican to take extra people outside to make ends participate, do notdefense in view policy conyourofcontribucannot fund the researchers, sensitization sessions. Most of underrate meet, so those are the challenges I feel A.B.U tion, you must pushtribution. yourself Back to dohere, it. Butreverse now is they were compelled to strive Sardauna and Co’ achieved all is facing. It is common with all tertiary insti- everyone is sitting down the case, why is it so? waiting on the leadon their own so the university these feats when they were at tutions. Population versus staffing and struc- ers to solve the problem. I think the youths are introduced too many commer- the youth level. Do you know There are two or three issues, tural materials/infrastructure and services to very pertinent in the affairs and we cialized courses, andpray the that lec- weatwill what age Sardauna died? onepolitical due to the be rendered. We only get to must involve them in allwith thatallwe do.respect In all we turers are being out-reached He was 56. I am, today, 57. So leaders, lackenlightenment of proper discithe point where the Government and private do, of course through proper and over-stressed. They have you find that I’m older than he pline. Two, people into office bodies will intervene to support the progress and education because you cannotgohelp in to take extra people outside was, but when they are talking without proper understanding of the university. But I think up till today in any situation that you do not understand. to make ends so we those Sardauna, this part of the meet, country, don’tofhave one you’d think he’s in of what they are in for, just the are the challenges I feel A.B.U histerms 70’s orof80’s. He was a very clamor; Policy continuation is a serious Nihey!problem Let’s beinelected! institution that surpasses A.B.U in is facing, it is common with all young man if that can be said. geria, how best can these tides be changed. Be it the Chairman, Councilor, man-power supply to our environment, natertiary institutions. PopulaIf he died at 56, looking back For example, President Barrack is Legislator, they Obama don’t know tion, and the quality too is something to be tion versus staffing and struc- it means all what he with did was working a Republican as his secretary of of the mission or have any idea proud of. tural materials/infrastructure within his 30’sdefense and 40’s, in that’s view ofwhat policy contribution. Back government is all about. As a former presidential and servicesgovernor, to be rendered. here,reminds reverse is the Everybody case, why iscoming it so? to power whyaspirant he always the and a political figure, what is your view, sir, We only pray that we will get youth “don’t think you are too wants to convince the people There are two or three issues, one with all about youths’ participation politics? to thethe point where the Gov- inyoung to participate”. he islack theof best person, due respect to the that leaders, proper dis-that ernment and private bodies he alone can do it. It’s not I think the youth are very relevant to the af- cipline. Two, people go into office withouteven Dan Massanin Kano Maitama will of intervene support thesee, it is even a question different fairs politicaltoparties. You understanding of whatofthey are in parties, for, Sule as old asproper he is today, beprogress of the university. But if I may give you an example very necessary because political parties justwhen the clamor; came a minister he washey! Let’s be elected! Be it the I think up till todayare in this of the federal government and achievements the part process through Chairman, Councilor, Legislator, they don’t for 29 years, when they estabof theleaders country,are weproduced, don’t havethrough demthe past 12-13 years; it’s a PDP which the mission lished NEPU, know the eight (8) of or have any idea of what one institution that surpasses different ocratic process and the youths, (inthem. the world government is all government, about. Everybody comingpoliThe story of the eight A.B.U in terms of man-power cies. When Obasanjo was the over) everywhere you conduct census, to the power peopleconwho on 8th wants of Au- to convince the people that supply to our environment, president he was talking about stitute almost half of the entire population, he is the best person, that he alone can do gust established NEPU. Magnation, and the quality too is what he called the National so if you don’t involve the youth and you it.was It’s 19; nothe even gaji yet Danbanta was a question of different parsomething to be proud of. Economic Empowerment are going through the process ofone producing ties, while if I may give you an example of the fed-Deof the eight, Aminu velopments (NEEDS), it passed leaders, then a good population the socieeral when government As a former governor, presi- ofKano was 20 plus he laid for the past 12-13 years; it’s ty are not involved in the process and I think a PDP government, through for policies. eight years. Immedifferent When dential aspirant and a political the establishment of NEPU. one of the best ways is to create sensitization Obasanjo was the diately he left Yar’adua came president he was talking figure, what is your view, sir, sessions. Sardauna and Co’ achieved All all of these you have the energy andcalled fromthe theNational same party with the about what he Economabout the youths’ participation feats when they were at the youth level. Do strength to participate, do not Developments Seven Point Agenda, he wasn’t ic Empowerment (NEEDS), it in politics? you know at what age Sardaunaunderrate died? He your contribution, working with what Obasanjo passed through for eight years. Immediately was 56. Ithe am,youth today,are 57.very So you I’mpush I think rel- find youthat must to do came was working he spent heyourself left Yar’adua from theon, same partyone older than he was, but when they are talking evant to the affairs of politi- it. But now everyone sitting and a half he years. Theworkworst of with theisSeven Point Agenda, wasn’t of you’d his 70’s or ing calSardauna, parties. You see,think it is he’s evenin down waiting onwith the what leaders it all he and Jonathan were Obasanjo was working on, he the 80’s. was a very youngpolitiman if that can be veryHe necessary because to solve the spent problem. think same government, they were oneI and a half years. The worst of it all said. If he died at 56, looking back it means all cal parties and achievements the youths are pertinent were boththe talking Seven Point hevery and Jonathan sameabout government, are the process through which in the political affairs and we agenda but the day Jonathan 253 |switchmagazineonline.com Vol. 225 Iss. 3 vol 2: iss switchmagazineonline.com


they were acting both talking about agenbecame president heSeven neverPoint mentioned da but the day Jonathan became acting presiSeven Point agenda anymore. When he became dent he never mentioned Seven Point agenda president he came up with another programme anymore. When he became president came called Transformation Agenda. So youhe find out up with another programme called Transforthat there is inconsistency with the policy and mation Agenda. So you find suffer. out that there is this is part of what we also If you take inconsistency withofthe policy and is partyou of Federal Ministry Education for this example, what we also suffer. If you take Federal Ministry have over twenty parastatals that are under the ofministry, Education example, you have over today twentyit so for if you are made minister parastatals that are under the ministry, so if you will take you more than one year to appreciare minister today it will take you more atemade and understand the working of these parathan one year to appreciate and understand the statals, each of them is a whole mission on itself. working of these parastatals, each of them is a If you take the National University Commission whole If you takeifthe (NUC),mission it’s juston oneitself. out of twenty, youNational take the University Commission (NUC), it’s just one National Teacher’s Institute (NTI) it’s also out one ofout twenty, you take the National of theiftwenty parastatals etc. Teacher’s Institute (NTI) it’s also one out of the twenty parIf you were astatals etc. elected president, what will be your first action/priority? If you were elected president, what will be your Well, if you followed my campaign train, at first action/priority? that time we had two major focal points and Well, if you followed mytwo campaign train, are at we mentioned that our priority areas that timedevelopment we had two and major focaljustice. pointsThese and human social we mentioned that our two priority areas are two fundamental issues that determine are the human socialdevelopment justice. These growthdevelopment of any society.and Human of are two fundamental issues that determine the course, what Mallam Aminu used to call Demogrowth of any society. development of cratic Humanism ; The Human democracy that has the course, what Aminu used to callyou Demfocus on the Mallam human being himself. What do ocratic Humanism; The democracy that has to improve the wellbeing of the human being the focus on thenecessary human being What providing basic needshimself. to the human you do to improve the wellbeing of thesense human being, giving the human being some of being providing basic necessary needs to sum the dignity, some sense of respect and the human the lack human being some total ofbeing, these; giving when you human developsense of dignity, some sense of respect and the ment you are talking of discipline generally. sum of these; you lack human devel-is We total feel that whilewhen provision of infrastructure opment you are talking disciplineofgenerally. very important but theofdiscipline personality matters more. I always give one example, We feel that while provision of infrastructure isif today you putbut a telephone booth the road very important the discipline of by personality side in any state of Nigeria unguarded, I assure matters more. I always give one example, if tothat within 24 hours it will be vandalized, the day you put a telephone booth by the road side would be stolen, Isome intelephone any state head of Nigeria unguarded, assurewould that remove the door, some the handle, in the 2-3 teledays within 24 hours it will be vandalized, you are likely not tobefind the telephone booth, phone head would stolen, some would reand this is something put in place to serve you move the door, some the handle, in 2-3 days you andlikely I in not moments distress. Because we are are to findofthe telephone booth,and notisdisciplined because we have not this somethingenough, put in place to serve you and succeeded in letting people know that you are I in moments of distress. Because we are not as a responsible human being, servicdisciplined enough, because wewhatever have not suces government to you is that to your ceeded in lettinggives people know youbenefit, are as till today human people being, see government on one aup responsible whatever services side and seegives themselves Over 80% government to you isseparately. to your benefit, up of the crisis in the world is caused by the side sustill today people see government on one Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 262 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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We feel that while provision of infrastructure is very important but the discipline of personality matters more.

and seeof themselves Over 80% of the picion the denial separately. of justice, communal crisis crisis in the world is caused by the suspicion and crisis between individuals are all as a resultof the denial of justice, communal and suscrisis of suspicion, one suspects to becrisis cheated, between individuals are all as a result of suspipecting that there wouldn’t be justice for him/ cion, suspects to be cheated, that her. one It is the responsibility of the suspecting leaders to enthere wouldn’t be justice for getting him/her.it It is the lighten them where they are wrong. responsibility of the leaders to enlighten them So wherever you find crisis, 80% of the reasons where they are feeling gettingof it wrong. Sothey wherever you are that some injustice, have lost find crisis, 80% of the reasons are that some feelconfidence in the government. ing of injustice, they have lost confidence in the Sir given the level of negligence of the youth by government. the government, with ills like drug abuse, prostiSir given the level of negligence of the by tution among others. We are voicing for youth a better the government, ills like drug abuse, prostiNigeria, what do with we do? tution among others. We are voicing for a better It takeswhat about percent of the good or bad Nigeria, do80-90 we do? of any society because the leadership shows Itthe takes about 80-90 percent of the would good or bad way. The position of the leader tranofscend any society because the up leadership shows the and reach you even to your bedroom, way. The position of the leader would transcend one single policy will affect your unborn child. and reach you even up to your bedroom, one sinSo this is why leadership at the center, we would gle policy will affect your unborn child. So this is all have a collective responsibility. why leadership at the center, we would all have a Switch is responsibility. a non-partisan group, your concern is collective to insist, mobilize, enlighten and educate the Switch non-partisan group,atyour concern is to youth is ona credible leadership all levels. insist, mobilize, enlighten and educate the youth Thank you leadership for your time on credible at sir all levels. You are welcome Thank you for yourgentlemen time sir You are welcome gentlemen


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Professor Abdullah OON OONisisthe theimmediate immediate past Minister of Agriculture Rural DevelopProfessorSheikh Sheikh Ahmad Ahmad Abdullah past Minister of Agriculture andand Rural Development, ment, a Professor of Finance and Management at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In this interview with a Professor of Finance and Management at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In this interview with Ayobami Ayobami Ismail Akanji and Muktar Danladi, he discussed the achievements of the university in the last Ismail Akanji and Muktar Danladi, he discussed the achievements of the university in the last 50 years,50 the years, the prospect for the youths in agricultural sector and how we should all change our psyche for national prospect for the youths in agricultural sector and how we should all change our psyche for national developdevelopment. Honoured by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005. ment. Honoured by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005. In addition to his name, a fellow of NIM, fellow In addition to his name, a fellow of NIM, fellow of Management Academy of Nigeria, fellow Institute of Public of Managementby Academy of Nigeria, fellow Institute of Public Administrators by distinction. Traditional titles, Administrators distinction. Traditional titles, Garkwan Rabah Nupe, also Owegan of Badagry Kingdom.

Garkwan Rabah Nupe, also Owegan of Badagry Kingdom.

Can you provide us an insight into your work experience? I graduated in 1974, Bachelor of Science Business Administration, 2nd class upper. As a student if you have those kinds of results in our days it’s assumed you are brilliant. I had never applied for the job (lecturing) but as it where then, because you never get the record, I missed the First Class by some point, five of us were asked to come back and teach, that’s how we came to be in the university. As a student if you have the above mentioned results you are presumed for either of the two; you are either hard working or you are brilliant, but what I know is I used to read for examinations. Sir, what are those features of dissimilarities during your time as a student compared to what’s obtainable in today’s students?

own class. The difference here is in number, you may not be lucky to know yourselves as we did in our time, the other difference is a matter of “who is saying what?”, talk of dedication to studies. I did play student politics, I was the speaker of Kongo Republic as it where in those days, we had two student unions; Kongo and Main Campus. I was the National President of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), I pioneered the path. The current Vice Chancellor was my classmate in Physics class. So in the student days I was busy with student activities as a student, I was able to achieve all these because of one simple belief, I never allowed what is called misplacement of priority to happen to me, I always believed that my prime business in the university was my studies, so all other activities were secondary.

Will you say the Institution has fulfilled the legaThe difference between now and then, first the cy of the Late Sarduana? number of students then was less than the number you now have, so we could almost call our The Institution is fulfilling the legacy of the Late classmates by names, because we were 19 in our Sarduana, nobody will question that. Of course if you say fulfilling legacy, well I think it’s a big Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 282 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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issue. But as a legacy for Sardunna I think for all in term and purpose, if you read through his inaugural speech, you find out that yes the university has lived up to that. What you may not ask and I think you need to ask is; whether this would continue? I am saying that fear is the future, currently it has lived to the expectation but the sustainability whether it will be so that is the douse and some of the problem areas. As the university plans to celebrate its Golden Jubilee, in your view what are the success and failures of the institution? Wellsurely surely celebration celebration particularly particularly half half of aa cenWell century,even even for for a human human being being ifif you you live up to fifty tury, fifty yearsyou youhave have every every thing thing to celebrate. years celebrate. The The 50th 50th anniversary celebration, I think it’s worthy in anniversary celebration, I think it’s worthy in the the sense that it’s a sufficient time for one to really sense that it’s a sufficient time for one to really take take measurement in terms of achievement. I enmeasurement in terms of achievement. I endorse dorse the idea of celebrating fifty and of course the idea of celebrating fifty and of course with some with some achievement, there are failures so to achievement, there are failures so to say but in say but in terms of percentage if you can cross terms of percentage you can cross over and say the over and the journey Fifty journey wassay successful. Fifty was yearssuccessful. of existence to years of existence to say there are no failures say there are no failures I think it’s a down mistake,I it’s there a down of course there was a ofthink course wasmistake, a moment when the university moment when the university was almost about was almost about to go to sleep, there are trots and to go to sleep, there are trots and ups it depends ups it depends on what you say, but there are more on what you say, but there are more peaks than peaks than the trots in terms of the living. I am saythe trots in terms of the living. I am saying this ing this with all sense of respect, this very place you with all sense of respect, this very place you are sitting (private residence in Zaria) was the house are sitting (private residence in Zaria) was the I house was going primary school from. Sofrom. any building I wastogoing to primary school So any you see around here were done universibuilding you see around here when were the done when tythe then was the Nigeria college of Art Science university then was the Nigeria collegeand of Technology. Then, most of these structures were not Art Science and Technology. Then, most of these created; even fromnot here it’s justeven a road thathere goesit’s to structures were created; from Funtua, (one that road goes untarred) you only seeroad vehicles just a road to Funtua, (one unmaybe once a week going to Funtua. So in terms of tarred) you only see vehicles maybe once a week the landscaping, development of going to Funtua. throughout So in terms the of the landscaping, the university I appreciated that and I think I can say throughout the development of the university I itappreciated loud that certainly been a huge Its that andit Ihas think I can say itsuccess. loud that good to talkit ofhas thebeen success than to talk of the certainly a huge success. Its failure good because, to expect unexpected, but if to talk ofit is theusual success than the to talk of the failure because, it is usual to expect the unexpected, but the unexpected becomes the order of the day then if the unexpected becomes thewill order of the day certainly the envelope of failure be the basis of then certainly the envelope of failure will be the describing the way things have come, but to us here of describing way things have come, I basis think it’s the envelopthe of success, so certainly I can but tothat us here I think it’shas theaenvelop of success, affirm the university lot of achievement soexplain certainly can affirm that the university to theI position of it’s success to date. has a lot of achievement to explain the position of it’s success to date.

Given the present level of decadence in the Nigerian educational system and as an academic don how do you think the system can be corrected? Well decadence at all levels, at the level of the students, at the level of the lecturers, at the level of facilities, at the level of the authority I have no doubt in my mind that there’s decadence but in light of all these, it’s a declining commitment. Decadence is a bad word but unfortunately it seems to be the order of the day. I would have chosen a situation and say the decline in commitment in terms of the staff, decline in terms of facilities in the university, decline in terms of government’s commitment towards the students and the staff. There is a very serious disease that has befallen us and that disease I call it short time reason, it’s a disease that can be described as the act of getting it quick. Am trying to describe to you the level of impatience, that has led to the declining commitment, students are ready to cut corners in other to make it, they are ready to spend only shorter durations in order to pass the examinations. On and all the circle of denial of effort continues declining, but the paradox is that the people that are willing to be committed to the time are the ones that are eager to have the best grades. So these are the contradictions, if what you are saying is consummate with your efforts there wouldn’t be contradiction, you can translate this to staff. Am not too sure many of you value what we call in those days tutorials; the culture of tutorials have gone down, in our days as staff of course the subject I was handling in business administration are largely quantitative, I do prepare my lecture along with tutorial problems so I know at the end of the week I would have problem for tutorials and normally set an hour or two with the students so that by the time they are having examinations things are not new, it is expected they have done a kind of mock presentations, the time is no more there. Lecturers are not ready to do that extra hour in tutorials, in fact you find a situation whereby lecturers are happier if people are failing examinations they believe their subject is tough, and to me it’s a stupid kind of belief. A good father should expect his son to excel, we don’t have that attitude to teaching then obviously the issue of mentoring, capacity development will not be delivered. 293 |switchmagazineonline.com Vol. 229 Iss. 3 vol 2: iss switchmagazineonline.com


When you take the university, of course the resources, the number of students keeps on rising, the language in economics is that the number is elastic but the facilities are inelastic. The gap explains the decline and of course you can now put in the decadence because people are left with a lot of discretion. In my experience in life, discretion and corruption are the best feathers, the more you give a person discretion, the more the possibility for him to become corrupt. A situation were students are forced to buy handouts because you believe the books are not available, a situation where the lecturer doesn’t turn up when he ought to turn up and ends up putting everything to a handout. There are tons and tons of things that realy explain the inability of the university to meet the expectation of students. So what am I saying is YES, indeed there is decadence in all levels but there are powerful explanations and that’s where the hope lays. How best do think the alumni association can help reshape the institution? The concept of alumnus, the aggregation alumni is an important dimension to the development of a university and any institution worthy of its intention. I think as a number of alumni, there is very large alumni for A.B.U. but whether there is sufficient networking for the alumni to able to tap the potentials that can be done by the alumni is a basic question. There is an endowment fund; because I was a member of the endowment fund, and a number of the people have chaired it, like Aliko Dangote. If the alumni were well used, appropriate networking is properly done, the size of the fund should certainly be large enough so that we can be talking of larger funds like the Rockefeller Foundation, Fullbright Scholarship. We have failed to reach that level, for one reason, which is that the university has failed to realize that there is a need for a professional fund manager. As a one time minister of Agriculture, what are the prospects of job creation for the youths in this green sector?

A good father should expect his son to excel, we don’t have that attitude to teaching then obviously the issue of mentoring, capacity development will not be delivered.

inverted pyramid, one illustration is the depend-

ency ratio. We also have the problem of HIV that is eating into the lower level again. Let me now relate these indices to agriculture, you now have the older people who are now farming to feed the younger ones, this now gives us an example of the inverted pyramid. The question now is; can you get the pyramid to sit properly? That will mean a greater investment in agriculture. As a minister, part of the policy I made was the financial institution giving large amount of loans going to agriculture because I say in Nigeria the financial institutions have been arrogant to agriculture, they were using wrong methods to assess agriculture, so there must be massive investment in agriculture, there must be effort to attract the young chaps (youths) to agriculture they cannot go to farm with these hoes and cutlasses, they would be attracted when we improve upon the level of technology in agriculture, so we need to use the level of tractorization for it to be attracted. On a visit to Russia I was presented with a demonstration of air-conditioned tractors.

A large number of Nigerians ought to be in the farm if we have a mechanized farming, so the only way we can make agriculture attractive is You are probably the first group am talking to on by investing more in the sector, investing more this issue since I left office as a Minister of Agri- in technology. culture and Rural Development. Sir, how then can the youths access these said There is prospect in agriculture, but agriculture agricultural loans which are quiet cumbersome right now in Nigeria is facing what I call an in getting? Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 302 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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First of all, there is actually a problem of assessing these funds, there is also a problem of the stage of funds available. At the level of young entrepreneurs the basic problem is the difficulty in assessing of the funds. Having specific financial structure which deals with agriculture is the answer. There is the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) but below it they have an arrangement that looks like a commune arrangement. So you can join the difficulty of having collateral by softening the requirements of the collateral that will improve upon the asset. People are willing to cut corners, because some people can be given these funds but they will not invest it in agriculture, so getting a payback for it to be replenished and give others is truncated so you have a failure. Some part of the problem is attitudinal until we change our psyche, so the youths must change the psyche away from the sense of rarely making it quick.

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A last word for the Nigerian youths if there is no opportunity for failure, there will be no opportunity for success, so if the youth can stand and not be afraid of failing and be courageous to do the right things, by the way there is a difference between doing things the right way and doing things rightly. Once you recognize that you can change the psyche of the youths, the second is to know the value of equal finality which states that there are so many ways to skin a cat, you can start from the head, or you can start from the tail. They must understand that without trying you cannot be able to achieve success, to be afraid of failure is failure itself. We must switch our psyche.

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then Governor Namadi Sambo, the current Vice President of Nigeria. Some of the ministries included that of Works, Environment and Health. A Graduate of Business Administration from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University. Zaria, he also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy (MIAD) from the same university. He is a member of professional bodies including the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Belgium and Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency (ICPEM), United Kingdom. The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi has been in the news lately leading his team to various scenes of flood-affected communities and providing victims with relief materials. In this inThe Director General of National Emergency terview, Sani-Sidi talks on the challenges the agency face in Management Agency (NEMA) Nigeria was managing the flood ravaging some communities in Nigeria. appointed to the office in September 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan. Prior to his appointment he was a commissioner in various ministries in Kaduna State in the Northern part of the country when he served under the

To start with sir, can we have an idea about the mandates of NEMA? The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was established via Act 12 as amended by Act 50 of 1999, to manage disasters in Nigeria. The establishment of NEMA more than 12 years ago ushers in a new dawn in disaster management from the hitherto narrow practice of relief distribution. In a nutshell I can say that the mandates of NEMA is to formulate policy on all activities relating to the disaster management in Nigeria and coordinate the plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disasters at national level. It also monitors the state of preparedness of all organization or agencies which may contribute to disaster management in Nigeria. We as well educate and inform the public on disaster prevention and control measures. Meanwhile we are empowered to coordinate the activities of all voluntary organizations engaged in emergency relief operations in any part of the Federation and receive financial and technical aid from international organizations and non-governmental agencies, for the purpose of disaster management in Nigeria. Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 322 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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How do you engage youths in your activities? Thanks for that question. Apart from supporting members of the National Youth Service Corps scheme (NYSC) who are interested in being volunteers on disaster management. They are known as y Management Vanguards. The NYSC –Emergence creation of the Emergency Management Vanguards (EMVs) was borne by the National Emergency Management Agency aimed at using NYSC Corps members as vanguards for a standardized proactive disaster management nationwide. Disaster response activities are not solely the work of experts and emergency responders from government disaster management organizations alone, local volunteers, organizations, hence, business concerns and citizens have active role to play. The rationale behind this being that disasters most often happen at local communities and so it becomes most imperative to young men and women at the grass root to respond promptly before any national assistance. Reports have shown that the vanguards were very useful in awareness generation, early warning and information dissemination. Their activities have helped greatly in overcoming a number of disasters. We hope to


expand and sustain this, involving more youth volunteer organizations. In fact there are other President Goodluck Jonathan with a flood victim NGOs that are representatives of Nigerian youths propagating and promoting public consciousness on disaster management in the country like the Youths Against Disaster Initiatives (YADI). We have collaborated and sponsored some of their worthwhile projects. Sir let’s take a look at an issue that seems to overwhelm the nation. Can you give us an update on the flood situation in the country and how you are tackling the menace? It should be recalled that before the incident we had sent warning alerts to most of the states that could be affected by impending flood disaster and on the need for them to take proactive measures. In fact our annual early warning on flood commenced early in the year, as far back as February, after we got weather prediction from the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET). What are the measures that have been put in place in flood prone areas to control the menace? Apart from taking the remedial strategies of apealing to the people living along the flood plains to move to the high ground, we also ensure that our dam operators regularly monitor and maintain the dams and only release the water where it is very necessary With the overwhelming situation of flooding and other disasters in Nigeria, would you say NEMA‘s mandates have been surpassed? Though we are aware that the natural phenomena is not only restricted to Nigeria, many advanced countries have the same challenges of flooding. For instance in China, Japan, US and United Kingdom the news are there. As a coordinating agency for disaster management in the country, our major mandates is to coordinate all disaster related activities and mobilize the response agencies to manage such occurrences.

and the situation is moving towards the southern parts along the riverine areas as the water level also increase. Many have complained about inadequate relief materials in camps of IDPs, is the NEMA facing challenges of funding in this respect, and others, like health hazards etc.? As a government institution we operate within the annual budget and the federal government is doing its best to ensure that we meet the challenges of our mandates. But like Oliver Twist, especially as regards to the alarming flood disasters we witnessed this year coupled with other incidents that we tackled like bomb blasts, tanker explosions etc. more funding could further enhance our operations. We are thinking about the need for the creation of additional operational offices from the seven regional zonal offices. We are also working to acquire more equipment. One area we never ignore is in training and retraining of our workforce to improve their capacity and competence as skilled rescue officers. Can you give a rough figure of internally displaced persons of flood in the country so far? I cannot give an estimate now as more figures are coming in from various sources working with NEMA. In NEMA, our statistics must be verifiable mostly through physical head counts. Don’t also forget the number of affected people throughout the federation is also increasing. Thank you sir You are welcome, thank you too.

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Youth can volunteer in Emergency Management

Could you give the cost of flood control on the nation’s economy so far? The cost is quite enormous as the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly have unanimously conceded to the fact that more funds are required to problems as many states, especially in the Northern parts of the country are adversely affected

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EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, PTDF In the course of this special edition we decided to focus on The Petroleum Technology and Development Fund (PTDF) which has been at the fore to boost indigenous participation in the nation’s oil and gas industry by developing the man power of stakeholders in the sector. The Executive Secretary Engr. Rabe Darma Muttaqa in this interview with Ayobami Ismail Akanji discussed the upgrading of departments of oil and gas related institutions in the country, the Endowment Funds for these institutions and explained more about the Funds shadow learning programme. He also spoke about the funds partnership with Ahmadu Bello University and other tertiary institutions.

How far have you gone as an agency in the last The institution in Kaduna is one of the sevfour years? eral institutions that we are building from the scratch, in addition to the institution in KaduWe came to PTDF at a time when the image na, we are building more institutions, like the was not at it’s best and we tried as much as we Federal Polytechnic for oil and gas resources in could within the limit of human ability to ensure Oloibiri, Bayelsa State. That institution is almost that we restore the good name of PTDF back to completed too, we are also building another the spring board, back to understanding, back federal polytechnic for gas technology and ento appreciation by Nigerians. We were able to vironmental sciences in Bonny Island, Rivers achieve the above by been transparent, focused State, that institution is also 70% completed, and enhancing the objectives of PTDF that were we are also building a skills development and almost smeared by speculation. training center in Portharcourt, it’s also about The Petroleum Institute of Kaduna is yet to kick 60% completed. The Kaduna institution is a off to people’s anticipation, What is the cause of bit different from the other institution I mentioned, it is a senior level training institution for delay of its takeoff? the oil and gas industry, while the polytechnics Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 342 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

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are for junior and middle level manpower, we are building the National Institute of Petroleum Policy and Strategic Studies modeled out of NIPSS in Jos. If you are working in the industry and you have attained certain level of height within the industry and you want to proceed to general management level, you have to know exactly what is the stand of Nigerian on petroleum policy and what are the strategies to get to those policies in petroleum resources in Nigeria, that is the work of the institute in Kaduna and I can tell that its about 90% completed as am talking to you, it’s not yet 100% completed, the reason why you are yet to see scholars there. Its going to be different from any other institution you know, because it will not be opened to everybody, it will be opened to professionals, Nigerian professionals in the oil and gas industry, you are either a manager or a technical personnel in the oil and gas industry or you are in the industry anywhere in the world because as of now the institution is first of it’s kind in Nigeria, in Africa and the middle East so it will serve this three regions of the world. We hope the institution becomes fully operational by the end of this year, it will not only train people in the petroleum industry but it will also train people who are graduates and want to pursue a carrier in the petroleum industry, even if you studied Hausa, Mass communication but you want to pursue a carrier in the petroleum industry you can go to the institute and enroll. A.B.U is celebrating it’s golden anniversary, what has been the success of PTDF partnership with the institution? It’s been great, A.B.U is not the only beneficiary. I can tell you that we have a good relationship with Nigerian universities beside A.B.U Zaria, there are twenty five universities that we have under the upgrade programme. An upgrade programme means we look at one of the departments related to the oil and gas industry and ensure that we make that department an excellent department which can teach all oil and gas related courses and when you graduate from the department you will be at pair with anybody of the world who graduated from the same department that teaches the course. Therefore A.B.U is one of the institution we are

focusing on and also an institution where we have an endowed chair, it is also important to note that we have an Endowment Chair in more than sixteen universities. A.B.U is also one of the institutions where we have research grant awardees, because we also award research grants to institutions in our quest to better the oil and gas sector, there are eight institutions including a polytechnic and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI). PTDF is giving a special attention in the areas of teaching and learning to ensure that we contribute our quota to the attainment of quality value education in Nigeria, beside the above mentioned, we also train lecturers to become skillful enough, to become good lecturers so that they will positively impact on their students. So far we have trained 130 Nigerian lecturers in top class universities in the world and the training is not just about going to sit in class and learn how to teach, we do what we call shadow learning; we attach a Nigerian lecturer to a foreign lecturer in advance world university like Imperial College, so that the Nigerian lecturer will learn how the other lecturers are teaching their students, supervising student project, how he conducts his field trip for his students and also how he conducts his own research as a university researcher. After training the lecturers they obtain a university lecturers’ diploma that will allow them to become university lecturers of their field anywhere they go to in the world with that diploma.

A.B.U is also one of the institutions where we have research grant awardees,

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SPECIAL CONVOCATION AND THE LAUNCHING OF THE ABU PHASE II

ABU Registrar, a University Don and a Visitor

Alh. Adamu Atiku representative of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (GCON)

Chief Tko Okpafi, Chief S.A Afegbua and a staff of the University

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Alh. Maitama Sule and Gen. T.Y Danjuma exchanging pleasantries

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Chancellor of the University, His Eminence Alh. Abubakar Sa’ad, Gen. Babangida and the Vice President Namadi Sambo

Dignitaries at lunch - a complimenatry good meal

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His Excellency Vice President Namadi Sambo representing President Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR)

Former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babagida (GCFR)

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OUTSTANDING ALUMNI words by Owokunle Bolaji Abdool’lah, Ayobami Ismail Akanji, Mohammed Sulaiman

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In a fast changing world, it is quite a feat to keep up with the tradition of excellence. Especially in a clime where nobility and standard are been forced down the crevasse of nothingness. Ahmadu Bello University has by its unfaltering reverence for a culture of best practices continued to soar on to the peak of excellence. The premier institution has consistently continued to cultivate in its people, the uncommon seedling of greatness in the last five decades. And so, whether on home turf or abroad Ahmadu Bello University has never been without sons and daughters – to establish its hallmark of excellence – with a powerful domineering presence for the world to see. These are fine noble people who through their values, experiences and acumen have established themselves as forces to reckon with in their chosen fields. They are fine gentlemen and women, youth and elderly who through sheer hardwork have inspired others to accomplishments. You are probably familiar with Times’s 100 Most Influential People, now meet ABU’s 50 Outstanding Alunmi (in no hierarchal order) for ABU at 50 from SW!TCH’s directory of greats.

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ministration. While in ABU, he created his own band, called UniBello Brothers and also sang in a folk group, which was made up of university lecturers during which time, a chemistry lecturer, Mrs. Harmony taught him some Irish songs. In 1967 he founded and headed the Groovies band, which became extremely popular in the 1970’s through to the 80’s. Many love him for his soulful, folksy songs, the most popular of which includes: Cockcrow At Dawn, Still Searching, Amen, Otachikpokpo and a host of others.

to produce any song and it is this conscientiousness that ensured that he produced hit after hit without fail. Bongos Ikwue was indeed in a class of his own. Without warning or an explanation, the music icon hung up his guitar and walked away from it all. Now, after several years of absence from the music scene, during which time there was a lot of speculation regarding the man, he is set to release a new album with remakes and remixes of his old classics as well as some new songs, but the most intriguing aspect of his return is that he is returning with his family members; featured on this new album are two of his daughters who he has been working with for quite some time now.

Apart from the raw beauty of his finely honed voice, another thing that set the musical genius apart is his dedication to the promotion of Africa and African values, by his continu- The legend is back, and like ous use of his native Idoma fine wine, he has only gotten language in his songs. He is better with time. well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians with a fan base that cuts across language barriers and ethnic tension; he also has an international fan base. This is mainly because Bongos’ music genre is not easily deciphered. He is also a master of the African ideals he chooses to express. Bongos Ikwue was always original; he never tried to imitate any artist, local or international and focused on perfecting his chosen genre. He takes his time in the studio in order to affect the perfect melody for his songs, often rewriting his music until it was exactly right. The icon never rushed

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50 OUTSTANDING ABU ALUMNI cation, Yar’adua attended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria from 1972-1975 where he obtained the B.Sc Education/Chemistry. He returned to the same University from 1978-1980 for his M.Sc Degree in Analytical Chemistry. Umaru Yar’adua’s working career began at the Holy Child College, Lagos for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) between 1975 and 1976. He was a Lecturer at the Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria between 1976 and 1979. He moved to Katsina Polytechnic, also as a Lecturer in 1979 and was there until 1983 when he left the public service. PRESIDENT UMARU MUSA

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maru Musa Yar’adua, president of Nigeria from29th may 2007- 5th May 2010. He was born in Katsina Town, Katsina State in 1951 into a family active in Nigerian political and military affairs. He started his primary education at Rafukka Primary School, Katsina in 1958. He left Rafukka for Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962 from where he completed his primary education in 1964. Umaru Yar’adua was at Government College, Keffi in present-day Nasarawa State for his secondary education from 1965-1969. He then moved to the famous Barewa College Zaria for his Higher School Certificate from 19701971. For his university edu-

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Yar’adua’s movement to the private sector started at Sambo Farms Ltd in Funtua, Katsina State as its pioneer General Manager from 1983-1989. He served as a Board Member, Katsina State Farmers’ Supply Company from1984-1985, Member Governing Council of Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria and Katsina Polytechnic between 1978-1983, Board Chairman of Katsina State Investment and Property Development Company (KIPDECO) between 1994-1996. Umaru served as a Director of many companies, including Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd. 1995-1999; Lodigiani Nigeria Ltd. 1987-1999, Hamada Holdings, 1983-1999; and Madara Ltd. Vom, Jos, 1987-1999. He was Chairman, Nation House Press Ltd, Kaduna from 1995-1999. Yar’adua’s foray into party politics began as a Lecturer when he became an vol 44 2: iss 3

active member and mobilizer for the defunct Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP). During the Transition Programme of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Yar’adua was one of the foundation members of the Peoples’ Front, a political association under the leadership of his elder brother, the late Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’adua. That association later fused to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He died while in office as president on May 5, 2010.

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rofessor Gabriel A. Oyibo was born in 1952 in Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria.

He was a noise maker in the class and the punishment for that was solving intricate mathematical problems but Gabriel Oyibo is the kind of guy who gets into trouble in school and yet very brilliant among his peers. Oyibo developed an ingenious formula that has since


50 OUTSTANDING ABU ALUMNI propelled him into the rarified world of Mathematics and Aeronautics. Today, he is one of those nominated for the 2002 NOBEL Prize for Physics.

He was easily awarded US federal scholarships both by the Defense Dept. and NASA, and soon became expert consultants to aircraft companies.

He attended the St. Augustine College, Kabba, where he became famous for his grasp of Mathematics and how in 1965 he found a formula and was called “Calculus”.

His academic output in this area was so overwhelming in the early 80s that in 1983, he had the highest number of articles in that field in a reputable learned journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics He made a first grade in WASC and Astronautics, AIAA. and proceeded to the prestigious Offa Grammar School for Prof. Oyibo is currently a Prohis Advanced level, where he fessor of Mathematcal Scispent two years doing lower ences at OFAPPIT Institute of and upper six. He was the best Technology and the University student in Maths there. From of Bridgeport (Connecticut). there he went to Ahmadu Bello University in 1973 to study Dr. Oyibo received Knighthood Mechanical Engineering. He by His Royal Highness of the graduated with a second class Igala Kingdom. upper degree. He traveled to the US on several scholarships including a federal and state scholarship to resume his graduate studies at the Rensselaer, in upstate New York in 1977. He focused on Maths and Aeronautics for his Msc and Ph.D. and both degrees were in the bag by 1981. At Rensselaer he worked on NASA/AFOSR sponsored research and made several contributions in aircraft design, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mathematics and taught several courses. He also submitted a thesis on Affine Transformation, the same Transformation used by Albert Einstein and another legendary scientist Henricks Lorentz, (the second winner of the Nobel prize for Physics,) to develop the special relativity theory, ie e=mc2.

MR. MUDASHIRU ADELEKE

SHITTU MD/CEO, CDL

Analyst with International Merchant Bank Plc in 1987 before joining Rims Merchant Bank Limited in 1992 where he rose to the position of Head of Treasury. A pioneer member of the management staff of Consolidated Discounts Limited when the company started operations in 1996, he worked in various capacities as Head of Settlements, Financial Controller, Head Business Support Group, Deputy General Manager Operations and General Manager/Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2010. Mr. Shittu is a member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals, an alumnus of Ashbridge Business School, United Kingdom. He graduated in Accounting in 1985 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and holds an MBA in Finance from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration. Adeleke is vastly exposed to local and international general management and leadership training programs.

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI EUGENIA

ABU

HASSAN JELANI

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ugenia Abu is one of Nigeria’s foremost Broadcasters. In 1995 she won the Nigerian Media Merit Award for TV Newscaster of the year. A prize winning Essayist, Poet, Short Story Writer, her works have appeared in The Guardian Newspapers, Leadership, This Day Newspapers, Daily Trust and the Association of Nigerian Author’s publication Her first published Book a collection of Essays “In the Blink of an Eye” (Spectrum 2007) won the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for best female writing in 2008. Eugenia’s second Book “Don’t Look at me Like That” (Kraftbooks) is her first Poetry collection and has themes of Life, Love, Freedom and Redemption. Her love for children and writing saw her founding an annual summer writing workshop “The Treasured Writers” for children in Abuja which she coordinates and lead facilitates. A multi-talented and much loved Nigerian Broadcaster, Eugenia anchored the 9:00 pm News for seventeen years bringing millions of viewers worldwide to the NTA Network News. Her mentoring skills also

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brought her in contact with over 200 aspiring and serving Broadcasters as a Guest Lecturer at TV College between 2002 and 2007. Eugenia is a member of several National and International bodies including being on the FAO Media Advisory Board, Treasurer of the Abuja Green Society and recently served as a member of the technical Working Group Media for Nigeria’s Vision 2020. In the past she has served on the Commonwealth Education Fund steering committee and the National Prison Decongestion Committee. Eugenia is a 1981 graduate of English from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has a Masters’ Degree in Communications Policy Studies from the City University, London (1992). An engaging Motivational Speaker and multimedia strategist, Eugenia delivered the 2009 Nigerian Independence Anniversary Lecture in Perth, Western Australia. She has interests in issues of women, mentoring, cooking and writing. Eugenia is well travelled and currently heads NTA News International.

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ALIYU RILWAN

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elani Aliyu, an indigene of A Sokoto man of creative industry is State, Nigeria, and enterprise, HassanStates Rilbased in the United and Lead wanisis General a reveredMotors publisher, Exterior Designer and the dejournalist, entrepreneur signer of the Chevy Volt. He and an the engineer. Hassan designed state-of-the-art Rilwancarisforayoung thorelectric General Motors, the world’s largestnortherner automobile ough breed makers. The car has been dewhose focal point is charscribed as an American Revoluacterised by ambition and tion and hottest concept in the design line. innovation. Another fine gentleman made in AhamJelani was born in 1966 in Kaduna, the University. fifth of seven childu Bello A 2005 dren. For him, was an amazgraduate of itMetallurgical ing experience growing up in Engineering and founder Sokoto, surrounded by the rich of the of Sardauna Magazine, culture the people and the state andRilwan enjoying Hassan is theexcellent Group access to the latest and interManaging Director of Focal national information. Point Group, an enterprise From 1971 to 1978, he attendorganisation comprising of ed Capital School, Sokoto. In the Focal Point Dryclean1978, he gained admission into ers, Focal Point Publishing Federal Government College, Sokoto, from where heITgraduLimited, Focal Point and ated in 1983 with an award Media Consulting, and Fo-as the best in Technical Drawing. cal Point Constructions After FGC, He he isgot Limited. theadmission foundinto the Ahmadu Bello Univerer Zaria of the Media sity, to Sardauna study Architecture Child Destitution Foundabut he had a brief stay in the university as he group later enrolled tion, a charity workat Birnin Kebbi Polytechnic.


Upon graduation from the poling with government, NGOs ytechnic, Jelani worked for a and individuals towards the while at the Ministry of Works, eradication Sokoto, thenofinchild 1990,destitugained admission in the delinquenCollege for tion and juvenile Creative Studies, Detroit, Michicies, with interest in proper gan, United States of America, education for less privileged to study Automobile Design. children successfully especially in the Having secured sponsorship Sokoto north.Rilwanfrom alsothe founded Scholarship Board, he left for the Sardauna Excellence and America to begin his four year Leadership Award. An andegree programme. nual event where inspiring While in Michigan, he worked on exceptional leadership aand number of projects and got a is beenofrewarded. A member couple awards including one from Ford Motor Company and of the Federal Government’s another from Michelin, USA. Ministerial Committee on Jelani graduated in 1994 the establishment of thewith Ma-a degree in Automobile Design drasah (Almajiri) Education and got hired by General MoSystem, Hassan curtors to work as Rilwanis the Corporation Design Staff.forte Laterason,the he rently holding held the position of senior and secretary of the Abuja branch lead designer on the Pontiac G6 of the Alumni Association of which has been completed and Ahmadu being Bello University. currently sold in America and Canada. This ingenious young man, who is doing Nigeria proud presently resides in Michigan with his wife and 2 children.

RILWANU

LUKMAN

FMR SECRETARY OF OPEC

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ilwanu Lukman is a Nigerian engineer who held several ministerial positions in the Nigerian Federal government before becoming Secretary General of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2000. On 18 December 2008, Lukman was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources by Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua, holding office until March 2010. Lukman was born in Zaria, Kaduna State on 26 August 1938. He trained as a mining engineer at the College of Arts, Science, and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University), and then at Imperial College, London. He earned a higher degree in mining engineering from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Leoben, Austria (1967–1968). He obtained a degree in Mineral Economics from McGill University, Montreal in 1978, and an honorary doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna in Italy. His first job in the mining industry was as an Assistant Mining Engineer with A B Statsgruvor of Sweden (1962– 1964). After returning to Nigeria, Lukman was appointed an Inspector of Mines, later Senior Inspector and then Acting Assistant Chief Inspector in the Federal Ministry of Mines

& Power in Jos, Plateau State (1964–1970). He then became General Manager of the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (1970–1974). By 1979 Lukman had become General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos. Lukman was made a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) in 1989 and Officer of the Legion d’Honneur of France in 1990, as well as being conferred with the First Class rank of the Order of the Liberator from the Republic of Venezuela. He was the first African ever to be honored with the Fellowship of the Imperial College, University of London.

ALHAJI ATIKU

ABUBAKAR GCON

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A 1969 graduate of Law 1969 graduate of from Law Ahmadu Bello University, [LLB] from AhmaduZaria, Bello a former Vice President NiUniversity, Zaria, aof forgeria fromPresident 1999 toof2007, a mer Vice Nigeria stalwart member of athestalwart ruling from 1999 to 2007, People’s Democratic till member of the ruling Party People’s present and aParty titled chief Turakin Democratic till present Adamawa, Excellency, and a titledHis chief Turakin Vice Adamawa, His President AtikuExcellency, Abubakar isVice in-

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI President Abubakar is deed a greatAtiku man. Born on 25th indeed a great man. Born on November, 1946, the former July 23 Custom 1952, the former Nigeria boss whoNigehails ria Custom boss who hails from from Adamawa State is a person Adamawa State is a person of of profound intellect with genius profound intellect with geniuslike acumen who over time has like acumen who over time has distinguished himself within the distinguished himself within national elite circle as a force to the national elite circle as a reckon with in every crevice of force to reckon with in every national politics. He is a successcrevice of national politics. He ful entrepreneur who believes in is a successful entrepreneur hardwork and wise investments who believes in hardwork and and also a caring philanthrowise investments and also a pist. Alhajiphilanthropist. Atiku AbubakarAlhaji is a caring businessman of repute who has Atiku Abubakar is a businesssuccessfully grown himself into man of repute who has sucan international brand, with busicessfully grown himself into ness interests including powerful an international brand, with investment areas likeincluding agriculbusiness ininterests ture, oil andinvestment gas, education, mepowerful in areas dia, insurance and pharmaceulike agriculture, oil and gas, ticals. Atiku Abubakar through education, media, insurance his drama free commitment and pharmaceuticals. Atiku toAbubakar improvingthrough the lives fellow hisofdramacountrymen has sponsored the free commitment to improving building of schools and renothe lives of fellow countrymen vation of classrooms the has sponsored theacross building country. Awarding both domesof schools and renovation of ticclassrooms and international scholarships across the country. toAwarding Nigerianboth students at home domestic and and abroad and also, offering international scholarships to incredible financial at assistance to Nigerian students home and citizens with medical problems abroad and also, offering infor treatments in and outside Nicredible financial assistance to geria. citizens with medical problems for treatments in and outside Nigeria.

SANUSI

serves as a respected Islamic scholar. The renowned global financial intelliegence magazine, The Banker, published by the Financial Times, has conferred on Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi two awards. He has been recognised with the global award for Central Bank Governor of the Year, as well as for Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa. The TIME magazine also listed Sanusi in its TIMES 100 list of most influential people of 2011. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was born on July 31, 1961. His father was a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the 1960s and his grandfather was Emir of Kano and Islamic Scholar, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi. Sanusi graduated from King’s College Lagos in 1977 and studied at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria earning a BSc in Economics in 1981. He then taught economics at ABU from 1983 to 1985. He also obtained a degree in Islamic law from International University of Africa, Khartoum. President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua nominated Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 1 June

LAMIDO GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA

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anusi was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 3 June 2009. He is a career banker and ranking Fulani nobleman, and also

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2009 and his appointment was confirmed by the Senate on 3 June 2009, in the middle of a global financial crisis. In August 2009, the Sanusi led Central Bank of Nigeria bailed out Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank with 400 billion naira of public money, and dismissed their chief executives. The Banker unanimously recognised him as the Central Bank Governor of the Year 2010 citing his radical anti-corruption campaign aimed at saving 24 banks on the brink of collapse and pressing for the managers involved in the most blatant cases of corruption to be charged and, in the case of two senior bankers, imprisoned. Governor Sanusi has spoken at many distinguished events, including Warwick Economics Summit in February 2012 where he spoke about Banking Reforms in Nigeria and their impact on the Economy.


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DONALD

DUKE

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Fmr. Gov. of C/River

orn September 30, 1961, a fine gentleman with inimitable disposition, Mr Donald Duke was the executive governor of Cross River State from May 29, 1999 to May 29 2007 spending a glorious eight (8) years in the governorship of the state with incredible accomplishments and chest of laurels to show for it. A 1982 graduate of Business Law [LLB] from Ahmadu Bello University, His Excellency, Governor Duke is a sterling performer and a darling of the people. Behind his imposing nearly perfect appearance is a person of great acumen and genius character. As it is in the nature Librans to cheer with intrepidity in the pursuit of justice and as one irredeemable believer in the power of democracy, His Excellency was among the handful true leaders who pushed for democracy in the days of guns and jackboots and also a grand voice in the commission that sued for debt relief for Nigeria from the IMF and World Bank. He also championed a noble course in making

Calabar notably [aliased as the Paris of Africa] the cleanest city in Nigeria. The Tinapa Resort, a multi-billion naira project remains one of his graceful legacies which have brought not just the State but the nation at large to the frontline of tourism on the continent. He was a cosmopolitan governor with superior sense of cultural dynamism. Receiving accolades for his commitments to developing the industrial capacities of agriculture and urban development, tourism and environment, and information and communication.

Faruk had his Ph.D. in 1998 from the same illustrious university. While discharging his lecturing responsibility coupled with his profound commitment and passion for sport, he was appointed the University’s Director of Sport which resulted in winning different laurels by the various teams. He’s known to be passionate about badminton and basketball. Therefore, in recognition of his immaculate quality, Professor Faruk was appointed as the provost of College of Education, Minna where he has been repositioning the institution to greater heights.

PROF. FARUK RASHID

HARUNA PROVOST College of Education, Minna

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rofessor Faruk Rashid Haruna is a Nigerian academician who rose through the academic rank by virtue of hard work and dynamism. He has been married to the academia throughout his career path, obtaining a B.Ed. in 1987 from Ahmadu Bello University, his quest for hallmark was evident in his pursuance of an M.Sc. in 1991. Not satisfied in chasing academic excellence,

MARYANM

UWAIS PRINCIPAL PARTNER, WALI UWAIS & CO

M

rs Maryam Uwais obtained an LLB (Hons) in 1980 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1981. She obtained an LLMin 1985 and other qualifications subsequently, including a Legal

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI Drafting Certificate from the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Practice Diploma in International Business Organisations from the International Bar Association and a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Insurance from the Institute of Islamic Banking, UK. Maryam has been practicing law from the private Firm of Wali Uwais & Co from the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria since 1998, after retiring from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Before working at the CBN, she worked as a prosecutor at the Kano State Ministry of Justice and the Nigerian Law Reform Commission. She has been a member and has served on the Boards of several organisations and civil society groups, including the National Human Rights Commission for six years (also serving as Special Rapporteur on Child Rights, thereat) ;Leap Africa, Youth Business Initiative, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), the National Consultative Committee on Justice Sector Reform; the Working Group on Fiscal Responsibility Law; the Justice Research Institute; the Advisory Board of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative; Coalition Against Tobacco; the Nigerian Investment Climate Advisory Council (an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, World Bank & DFID); Technical Committees of both the Constitutional Reform Dialogue Mechanism and the Gender & Affirmative Action Coalition, (both Committee’s being funded by the DFID, through Coalition for Change); Vol. 3 switchmagazineonline.com| 462 Iss. switchmagazineonline.com

The African Union Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and is also a founding member of the Nigerian Chapter of Musawah, a Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Additionally, she has worked as a Consultant for Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UNICEF, the World Bank and DFID, in projects relating to children & women’s rights, entrepreneurship, education and justice sector reform.

IBRAHIM

GAIDAM GOVERNOR, YOBE STATE

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brahim Gaidam was born on 15 September 1956 in Bukarti village, Yunusari local government area in the old Borno, now Yobe state. He attended the Borno Teachers’ College (BTC), Maiduguri from 1974 to 1979, where

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he obtained a Teachers’ Certificate. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1981 and 1983, earning a Diploma in Accountancy. Later he returned to Ahmadu Bello University, earned a BSc in Accountancy Degree in 1990 and became a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria. As an accountant, Ibrahim Gaidam worked in several government ministries in the old Borno State, later Yobe State. He was Assistant Director of Finance in the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure, acting Director of Finance and Supplies in the Yobe Information and Culture Ministry. Ibrahim Gaidam left the civil service in 1995 when he was appointed the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, and then Commissioner of Commerce and Industries. He returned to the civil service and from 1997 to 2007, he was a Director in the State Finance Ministry and Permanent Secretary in various other ministries. In April 2007, Ibrahim Gaidam was elected Deputy Governor of Yobe State on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform, and was sworn into office on May 29, 2007. He was sworn in as Executive Governor on January 27, 2009 following the death of Governor Mamman Bello Ali.


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI with B.Sc. Second Class Upper Division degree in Biochemistry from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1983, and M.Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Biochemistry from the same University in 1988 and 1993 respectively.

MALLAM NUHU

RIBADU

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his distinguished alumni, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, receiving a Bachelor of Laws [LLB] degree in 1983. Called to Bar in 1984 after a year at the Nigerian Law School, the gentleman returned to his Alma Mater for a Master of Laws degree. The indefatigable and incorruptible pioneer Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] is one true symbol of social justice. With soldierly bravery and unequalled determination, committed to fighting corruption in both high and low levels, Mallam Ribadu was during his tenure as the helmsman of EFCC was the cynosure of hope in an already corrupted national system. Where the distinguished fellow was honoured with a, World Bank 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service. For leading a courageous anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria, as Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC]. A visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development (2009) Mallam Ribadu was adopted as the presidential candidate of

the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] for the 2011 general elections in Nigeria. Also a TED Fellow and a Senior Fellow in St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

In 2004, he won the prestigious Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience Research Award (Tokyo-Japan) and was also voted in 2005 by the Organization of Islamic Countries to be amongst the 200 most productive scientists in Nigeria. He was also conferred with the MFR National Honours in 2008 and the Nigeria LNG Prize for Science for the discovery of the Sialidase Gene in 2009.

PROF. ANDREW

NOK

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Prof Nok was Fellow at several institutions including: the Tokyo institute of Technology, Japan (1993), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (1994), Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in Nagasaki University (1998), the Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Strathclyde UK (2005) and Fellow of the Lady Davis Foundation and Visiting Professor to the Kuvin Medical Centre, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He was also a Senior Fullbright Scholar/Visiting Professor at the Yale University in 2009.

rof Andrew Jonathan Nok was born on February 11, 1962 in Kaduna. He attended the LEA Primary School, Ungwar Rimi, Kaduna between 1968 and 1974 and Government Secondary School, Kafanchan between 1974 and 1979. He graduated

Prof. Nok clinged this prestigious science award in 2009 for his seminal work in discovering the gene responsible for the creation of Sialidase (SD), an enzyme which causes sleeping sickness (Trypano-somiasis) titled “Functional Studies on the Trypanosome Sialidase/Transsialidase - Prospects for DNA

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI vaccine.” This gentleman is an accomplished and distinguished scientist of international repute, teacher and mentor whose career pursuit as a parasite biochemist has raised the standard of research in Nigeria for the award of the Nigerian National Order of Merit in Science for 2010.

SENATOR NENADI

USMAN

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rs. Nenadi Esther Usman is a Nigerian politician from Jere in Kaduna State, Nigeria. She was elected Senator for Kaduna South in the April 2011 elections, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. She began her education in Jos, then later Kagoro, after which she attended the Federal Government College, Jos, Plateau State. She later obtained her first degree in Geography at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and later a postgraduate diploma from University of Jos.

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She was the Managing Director of DANA VENTURES then later Executive Adviser (youths & Sports) in Kaduna State in 1992. She was also the Executive Adviser (Information, Home Affairs & Culture) in 1993 then the Principal Personnel officer FCDA from 1994 to 1998. Mrs. Nenadi Usman has been a very active politician, philanthropist and public servant. She has served as a member Kaduna State caucus of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). She was also a member-elect of the House of Representatives, representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency under the United Nigeria Congress Party in 1998. She was appointed commissioner (Women Affairs, Youth & Social Development) in Kaduna State from 1999 to 2002, then Commissioner for Environment & Natural Resources in the state in 2002 and later Commissioner for Health from 2002 to 2003. She was the coordinator (women mobilization) Alh. Ahmed Makarfi Campaign team in 1999 and she was re-elected campaign committee chairman in 2003. She was the Coordinator (women mobilization) Kaduna State Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Campaign Committee. She was appointed the Minister of State for Finance and later the Minister of Finance by the Obasanjo administration. Presently, she’s a Federal Senator.

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MALLAM NASIR

EL-RUFAI Top of his class with a First Class Honours in Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University in1983, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai personifies the uncommon signature “e pluribus unum”. An Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management, with a Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management, Mallam Nasir also has a post-graduate degree at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University. And most recent of his academic achievement is the completion of an LL.B degree from the University of London, graduating in (2008) with Second Class Honours, Upper Division, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2009). A-tough-talking-calla-spade-a-spade gentleman, Mallam Nasir by person and character exhibits a hallmark of leadership with stallion qualities which is a kind of profound motivation for the younger generation. A technocrat and a politician with clear difference, this former Director at Bureau of Public Enterprise [BPE] and former Minister of Federal Capital Territory [FCT] who


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI Sturdy and hardworking, the dread-

arts printing solocks technology, wearing gentleman is a 1994 lutions and in-depth knowlgraduate of English Drama with a Bachelor Arts degree. Possessing edge of of photography. Bringing such a greatly charming, charismatknowledge from his lecturing ic persona wrought with purposeful experience in the university, he ambition, Steve Babaeko is an alumnus made of impeccable An ashas led Yaliam Press order. Limited to sociate registered member of Adverthe success it has recorded so Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is a tising Practitioners Council of Nigeria far detribalised man and an incor- (APCON). Steve Who has worked with giant companies like Prima Garnet ruptible patriot whose love for In recognition of its outstandOgilvy, 141 worldwide and MC&A country is greater than any eth- ing contribution to the develSaatchi & Saatchi before setting up nic affiliation. Born February 16, opment the continuously expanding X3M of the print industry in Ideas, a Lagos-based full service plus 1960 this jolly good fellow has Nigeria, Yaliam Press Ltd. has advertising agency. A media grown in actions and reasoning adigital collection ofwhich awards from outfit he founded is poised to to become one of Nigeria’s fin- various bodies andand associahave a global presence impact est icon of an era. He recently tion set through and among barrier which breaking are: A 2006 record setting campaigns. Steve Bapublished his book titled The FCT Business Excellence Award baeko is also a writer, multiplatform Accidental Public Servant presents Yaliam brand Press developLimited media influencer, with printing of the ment Best expert, business press development enthusiast and consumer behaviour year award presently occupies a position in the chieftainship of Congress for Progressive Change [CPC] is a daring intellectual whose knowledge of national politics is beyond the papers.

analysts.

Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, he began his civil service career at the defunct Gongola State Civil Service in 1978 where he served in various capacities and later transferred his service to the Lake Chad Research Institute as a Chief Administrative Officer in 1989. In August 1990, Ahaji Sali joined the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency as Assistant Director (Personnel). With the dissolution of the Agency, he was absorbed into the core Federal Civil Service as a Deputy Director in 1996 and was promoted a Director on January1. 2001. In October 2006, Alhaji Sali was appointed a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service and has since then served in the following capacities: Permanent Secretary, Political Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, October, 2006 - November, 2008. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, December, 2008 - June 2009.

YAHAYA STEVE

AMFANI BABAEKO CEO, YALIAMX3M PRESS FOUNDER/CEO IDEAS

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Amfani, graduate Steveahaya Babaeko is a finea resourceful man who is grandly sitting on top of of graphic design from the media world. A creative director Ahmadu Bello University, per excellence, Babaeko is an innoZaria vast practical expevative(with mind whose dexterity of craft rience in printing technology) and ingenious resources, has come to be recognised an industry qualfounded Yaliamas Press Limited, ity. A bench mark of standard, makintending to solve and bring ing him inevitably, one of the most highquality but in affordable sought-after individual the indusprinted products to all try and by a lengthy yard,categoNigeria’s most creative director. At ries ofcelebrated its esteemed customers. every instances redefining the agelong company graceful art of bringing success The emerged from to businesses and helping brands his experience with developgrow beyond client anticipation. A ment design andeffortlessly. graphic job he in does so well and

ALHAJI ISA BELLO

SALI

HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

Alhaji Sali is the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Born on 23rd March, 1953, Alhaji Sali hails from Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State. A 1977 graduate of Political

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, July, 2009 - August 2009. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, August, 2009 - September, 2011; Permanent Secretary, Common Services in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, 16th September, 2011 - 29th September, 2011. A seasoned administrator and technocrat, Alhaji Isa Bello Sali, has, in the course of his public service career served in various

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI ad hoc committees and attended many profession enhancement training programmes including the Leadership and Development Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

BONGOS

IKWUE Musician

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ongos Ikwue, the music legend was born in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria, on the 6th of June 1942. In 1956, he attended St. Paul’s Secondary school in Zaria, Nigeria, where his friends called him “Forge” because he was always making up (forging) and singing his own songs. In 1962, while at Okene Comprehensive Secondary School, he formed a group called Cubana Boys with two other young boys, after which he headed off to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), also in Zaria, Kaduna State, where he studied Business Ad-

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to produce any song and it is this conscientiousness that enWhile in ABU, he created his sured that he produced hit afown band, called UniBello ter hit without fail. Brothers and also sang in a folk group, which was made Bongos Ikwue was indeed in a up of university lecturers dur- class of his own. Without warning which time, a chemistry ing or an explanation, the mulecturer, Mrs. Harmony taught sic icon hung up his guitar and him some Irish songs. In 1967 walked away from it all. he founded and headed the Groovies band, which became Now, after several years of abextremely popular in the 1970’s sence from the music scene, during which time there was a through to the 80’s. lot of speculation regarding the Many love him for his soulful, man, he is set to release a new folksy songs, the most popular album with remakes and remixof which includes: Cockcrow At es of his old classics as well as Dawn, Still Searching, Amen, some new songs, but the most Otachikpokpo and a host of intriguing aspect of his return is that he is returning with his others. family members; featured on Apart from the raw beauty of this new album are two of his his finely honed voice, another daughters who he has been thing that set the musical ge- working with for quite some nius apart is his dedication to time now. the promotion of Africa and African values, by his continu- The legend is back, and like ous use of his native Idoma fine wine, he has only gotten language in his songs. He is better with time. well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians with a fan base that cuts across language barriers and ethnic tension; he also has an international fan base. This is mainly because Bongos’ music genre is not easily deciphered. He is also a master of the African ideals he chooses to express. ministration.

Bongos Ikwue was always original; he never tried to imitate any artist, local or international and focused on perfecting his chosen genre. He takes his time in the studio in order to affect the perfect melody for his songs, often rewriting his music until it was exactly right. The icon never rushed vol 54 2: iss 3

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GIMBA

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orn on March 10, 1952 in Niger, Nigeria and educated in the country up to the University level where


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI he obtained his first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a B.Sc. in Economics in 1974 and then went to the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the USA 1976 for Masters degree, where he obtained an MA in Economics. He attended the University of Bradford; U.K’s Project Planning Course on Infrastructure in 1982, In the year 2000, he attended the University of Iowa’s writing programme sponsored by U.S. Embassy in Nigeria at the behest of the State Department and was an election observer in Washington, D.C. during the election of George Bush Jr. He is University of Iowa’s Honourary Fellow in writing. His working career spanned 1975 to 1987 as a Civil Servant in the Niger State Government where he retired as a Permanent Secretary. He served in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance. In 1988, he became an Executive Director in Union Bank, then one of Nigeria’s top three banks and later served in the United Bank of Africa (UBA) as an Executive Director for three years. He left the banking sector in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he worked with the Sole Administrator of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to restore peace on the campus, after a one-year closure. He served on the University’s Governing Council from 2002 to 2006 as the National President of the University’s Alumni Association. He was appointed a Member of the Think-Tank Committee, the leading advisory body to

the then Head of State, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, in 1998 - 1999. After, he served as one of the General’s three Advisers when he was appointed the Mediator in the Liberian Civil war by the ECOWAS, West Africa’s regional political and economic body from 2004 to 2006.

President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), the leading body for Nigerian Writers once headed by Chinua Achebe and the Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka, between 1997 - 2002.

In 2004, he was appointed the Chairman of Implementation Committee by the Niger State Government to establish its first State Government-owned University. He became the University’s first Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of its Governing Council when the University took off in 2005. He served up to 2008.

In 2003, he was decorated with a National Honour, OFR, Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In November 2008, he was appointed as the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Economic and Budget Matters. In March 2010, he was appointed into the Presidential Advisory Council to advise Nigeria’s President on various matters. Soon after, he was appointed as a Member of the Presidential Review Committee on the Public Service in 2011. This writer has to his credit 15 works, covering novels, a collection of short stories, works of poetry, journalistic essays, works of epistolary, as well as an additional one for children. Footprints; Trail of Sacrifice; Sacred Apples; Witnesses to Tears; Letter to the Muslim Fundamentalist; This Land of Ours; and Letter to the Unborn Child are some of the titles. He was elected as the National

He is married, and blessed with children.

DR. MANSURCLIFFORD MR DANIEL

SHASHERE MUKTAR

SSG, NIGER STATE This 1980 B.Sc. r. DanielEconomics Clifford graduate of Ahmadu Shashere is the Bello curUniversity, is a man of rentZaria Secretary to theGovernment of Niger robust resources whoseState. radHe was born on September 21, ical and reasonable intellect 1957 at Sarkin Munya has hurled himPawa into in a career, Local Government Area of Niripe with achievements.This ger State. He was enrolled in man of reserved determinaL. E. A Primary School, Sarkin tion launchedhis fine career Pawa in 1963 and finished in in 1980, with the Central 1967. He equally attended L. of Nigeriaas EconoE.Bank A Primary School,an Erena, bemist,hired to play assisting tween 1968 and 1969. He went roles.He to Ahmadu joinedBayeroUniBahago Teachers’ veristy, Kano Graduate College, Minnaasina 1970 and Assistant Assistant Lecpassed outcum in 1974, after which he proceeded to the College of turer in the Department of

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI Economics between 1981 and Education, Sokoto, from 1975 1982. As a person of reason, he to 1978. He attended Ahmadu worked hard adroitlytowards a Bello University, Zaria between fast-paced career. 1980 and 1982 and again from 1983 to 1987. Having earned a Master’s de-

greeShashere in Economics Mr. joinedand the Politics public Service as Organizing of Development from SecreCamtary, Niger State Sports Counbridge University in 1983 and cil, Minna in 1979 until 1982 a Ph.D in Economics from the when he got elevated to the University of Sussex in 1988 post of Higher Organizing Seche became the Head of Deretary, Niger State Sport Counpartment Economics the cil, Minna of from 1982 to at 1983. Bayero University, Kano. A forte Between 1983 and 1984, he he held yieldingPubdexwas the with Headsuch of Division, terity until Research 1990, when was lic Relation andhe Documentation, Niger State Sports appointed as Special Adviser to Council, Minna. Other positions the then Minister of Agriculture he held are; Shiroro Local andhad Natural Resources from Government Caretaker Com1990 to 1992. mittee (1994 to 1995); Sole Administrator, Munya Local GovA former Minister of Finance ernment, Sarkin Pawa, Niger under Late President Umar State (1996 to 1997); Director Musa Yar’Adua of blessed of Sports, Niger State Sports memory Dr.Mukhtarwas also Council, Minna (1995 to 2008); one time, a Secretary, General Manager Permanent Minis[deputy] at the United try of Environment and Bank Forof Africa. He joined the (2008 World estry Resources, Minna to 2009); Permanent Bank in 1992. He has Secretary, worked in Ministry of Science and Techvarious capacities including Exnology, Minna (2009 to 2011). ecutive Director at African DeHe was appointed to velopment Bank. Secretary Dr.MukhtarGovernment of Niger State by Mansur has been appointed an the present administration in alternate Director of Niger StateExecutive in June, 2011. the World Bank, making him one of the three African Executive Directors on the board of the World Bank Group.

DR. SAMUEL

ALHAJI ABDUL-AZIZ YARI

ABUBAKAR GOVERNOR, ZAMFARA STATE

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lhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar, Governor of Zamfara State was born 42 years ago in his state precisely on January 1st, 1969. Yari Abubakar has been politically active since 1999 after his education. He was elected to represent Talata Mafara/Anka Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives that year. He was Zamfara State Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a member of the cabinet of former Governor Ahmed Sani Yerima. Yari was elected Governor of Zamfara State in the April 26th, 2011 elections.

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r. Samuel Ortom hails from Gbajimba Gumba Local Government Area of Benue State He attended Benue State University, Makurdi and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Dr Samuel Ortom is the past National Auditor of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP,

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ORTOM

MINISTER FOR STATE, TRADE AND INVESTMENT

former secretary and later chairman of the PDP in Benue State. Chief (Dr.) Samuel Ortom also had a Diploma in Journalism before studying Public Administration at both Advanced and Masters Levels. His working career started with Salesman/Driver at Dona Enterprises from 1980-1982 in Gboko before joining Ben Integrated Farms Limited and later Gyado Foods Company Limited all as a salesman before he became Sales Manager in 1987 at Gyado Foods Limited. While working, Ortom also played active role in politics. In 1991 he was elected Executive Chairman of Guma Local Government Council and served up to 1993. Later he established Oracle Bili Foundation (NGO) as its Chairman/CEO and later Oracle Business Limited. He currently holds the position of Honourable Mminister of State, Trade and Investment.


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ISA

DR. AMINU LADAN

YUGUDA

SHAREHU

sa Yuguda was born on 15 June 1956 in Yuguda. He studied at the North East College of Arts & Science in Maiduguri (1974–1976) and then at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1976–1979), graduating with a BSc in Economics. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration in 1998 at the University of Jos in Plateau State. Isa Yuguda started work at the Federal Mortgage Bank, Bauchi Area Office as a Mortgage Manager (1981–1984). He moved to the Savannah Bank working as a Credit Manager in Sokoto (1986–1987) and then as a Manager in Abuja (1987– 1991). He moved to Inland Bank as Acting General Manager (1991–1992) and then Managing Director and Chief Executive (1992–1999). He was Managing Director & Chief Executive of NAL Merchant Bank (1999 - June 2000). Mallam Isa Yuguda was elected governor of Bauchi State in April 2007 under the platform of ANPP. In april 2009 he changed allegiance from the ANPP to the PDP where he was reelected for the second time on 28 April, 2011.

Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu hails from Zazzau Emirate, Kaduna State. He is an Islamic scholar and hails from a traditional ruler ship family, an administrator and all-round teacher (he taught in primary and secondary schools as well as in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria). He attended Teachers’ Training College, College of Education and the famous Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained National Certificate on Education, Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Educational Planning and Administration and a PhD. He also obtained an Advanced Certificate in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from the International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan, among many other certificates. The Director-General and Chief Executive of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr Aminu Ladan Sherehu, was conferred an award which was instituted by the West African Students Union Parliament (WASUP) for his

GOVERNOR, BAUCHI STATE

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selfless service and immense contributions to the general development of teacher education and effective retraining and upgrading of teachers’ academic qualifications in the country. Sharehu, a one-time Special Adviser on Basic Education to Kaduna State Government, was able to reposition the hitherto moribund NTI in the few years he has been steering the affairs of the institute. He has also facilitated the instituted online admissions, registration, checking of results, as well as the entire accounts system, in addition to the successful nationwide retraining workshops for 140,000 teachers between 2009 and 2010 and 125,000 teachers in 2011 under the Millennium Development Goals. Dr Sharehu came up with a five-point target that has propelled and rebranded the institute, including redesigning its logo and coining a new motto, which now reads: ‘Quality Teachers, Great Nation,’ to depict the vision and mission of the institute. He also established a full-fledged School of Education at the institute and changed the nomenclature of its Finance and Administration Department to Bursary Department, and recorded the highest grade of continuous Professional Development (CPD). His tenure at the institute marked the commencement of ICT training for the staff and its admission as a member of the Norway-based International Council for Distance Learning (ICDE). Dr Sharehu published many

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI books, academic journals and presented many conference and seminar papers in Nigeria and other parts of the world was reelected for the second time on 28 April, 2011.

TANKO

ALMAKURA GOVERNOR, NASARAWA

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anko Al-makura was born in 1952 in Lafia, Nasarawa State. He attended Dunama Primary School, Lafia (1959–1966), Keffi Teacher’s College (1967–1971) and then Government Teachers College of Education, Uyo (1972–75). For a short period in 1975 he was an Assistant Producer at the Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria. He then went to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1975–1978), graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree. For his National Youth Service he was a teacher at the Government College, Markudi. In 1978 he formed Almakura Nigeria Limited, importing and servicing agricultural and

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industrial machinery. Later he ventured into real estate and property development as owner and chairman of Ta’al Nigeria Limited, with properties in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Washington DC, United States. He owns the Ta’al Lake Resort, Abuja and the Ta’al Conference Hotel, Lafia. In 1980, Almakura became the youth leader of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the old Plateau State. He was elected to the constitution Assembly of 1988–89, representing the Lafia–Obi Federal Constituency of what is now Nasarawa State. He was state secretary of the National Republican Convention (NRC) party in Plateau State from 1990 to 1992. Al-makura was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State in 1998. Al-Makura was elected Governor of Nasarawa State, Nigeria on 26 April 2011, running on the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ticket.

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ubah Saleh Alhassan was born on the 17th May, 1973, He hails from Katsina State. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with a B.Eng. Met/Mat in in the year 2000. He obtained his PGD in Environmental Management from the University of Abuja in 2007 and also attended the World Bank Institute/British Council Nigeria where he obtained a certificate of Development Knowledge Facilitation (DKF). He is a proud member of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Nigerian Institute Welding (NIW). Mr Saleh is a youth motivator with extraordinary drive and dedication. He is the present Secretary General of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Abuja where he plays the role of coordinating all youth development programmes in collaboration with government ministries, agencies and development partners. He also worked with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) from May 2008 – Aug 2008 as a Marine Environment Officer 1 and at the African Iron and Steel Association (AISA), Abuja from May 2002 – April 2008 as Metallurgical Engineer. Mr Saleh has a vast political history, a member of various committees and has attended several seminars and workshops including Capacity building in Youth Organiza-


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI tion in Nigeria by World Bank Institute and British Council September 2004, Seminar for Youth Officers (Theme: Effective Co-ordination of Youth Activities in Rivers State) 7-8th September, 2000, Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management (Royal Tropicana Hotel), Women and Youth as Tools for Religious and Ethnic harmony, Kaduna State, 2000, National Workshop for Youth Leaders on the Government Reform Agenda, Abuja, October 2004 and a host of others.

on the People’s Democratic (May to June 2006). Party (PDP) platform. He also served as Chairman of Ibrahim Shema was born on the Governing Board of the Ni22 September, 1952 at Dut- gerian Airspace Management sin-Ma in Katsina State. He Agency (NAMA) from Decemattended Nasarawa Primary ber 2005 to November 2006, School, Katsina (1964–1971) when he won the PDP’s ticket and Government Secondary to contest the 2007 gubernaSchool, Kafanchan (1972– torial elections in Katsina State. 1976). He studied at the College of Arts, Science & Technology, Zaria from 1977 to 1980, when he gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with an LLB in 1983. A year later, he obtained his B.L at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. While practicing law, he studied for a Master of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, which he obtained in 1998. ALHAJI AMINU Shema was the state Attorney General and Commission- CEO/CHAIRMAN, NANA FARMS er for justice (August 1999 lhAJI Aminu Adamu was - May 2003) during Umaru born in Kano in 1950. He Musa Yar’Adua’s first term as attended Ahmadu Bello Governor of Katsina State, af- University where he obtained a ter which he returned to his diploma in Banking, and later private legal practice in Ka- moved to England to study duna. In January 2005, he was accounting at Loughborough appointed as a member of University, he finished in 1980. the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Special Committee on On his return to Nigeria, he the Anambra Crisis. He then joined RALI INDUSTRIES which served as the deputy national belonged to Alh Aminu Dantachairman (North-west zone) ta, as the Chief Cost Accountof the People’s Democratic ant. Presently, Alhaji Aminu Party (September 2005 - No- Adamu is the CEO/Chairman vember 2006), At the same of NANA Farms, he is equally time, serving as Chairman of the Coordinator of the Kano the PDP National Disciplinary State Institute of Poultry. Committee, and Chairman, He has also worked with Bank Governing Council, Peoples of the North and was formalDemocratic Institute. Shema ly the Chairman Kano State also served as Chairman, NaChapter of Poultry Association tional Reconciliation Commitof Nigeria and the Vice Presitee for the South-South PDP dent of the North-West zone.

ADAMU

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IBRAHIM SHEHU

SHEMA GOVERNOR, KATSINA STATE

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MINISTER, NATIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

hamsuddeen Usman (born 18 September 1949 in Garangamawa area of Kano, Nigeria). He is the Minister of National Planning, Chairman of the Steering Committee on Nigeria Vision 2020 and immediate past Finance Minister of Nigeria. He is an Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and a Member of the Federal Executive Council, National Economic Council and the Economic Management Team. Shamsuddeen Usman was born to a family living in Warure Quarters of Kano State. He began his education at Dandago Primary School. After a secondary school education at the prestigious Government College Keffi and King’s College, Lagos, he gained a BSc. in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He later won a National scholarship to study for his MSc. and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science between 1977 and 1980. During his first two years at the

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London School of Economics, he served as a teaching assistant for the final year class in Public Finance. From 1974 to 1976, Usman worked as the Planning Officer for the Kano State Ministry of Economic Planning. He taught Economic Analysis and Public Finance to students in Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University Kano and University of Jos between 1976 and 1981. He was a Controller at the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) and then served as the Director of Budget/ Special Economic Adviser to the Kano State Government between 1981 and 1985. Usman was then appointed the General Manager of NAL Merchant Bank (currently Sterling Bank).

PROF. (MRS.) COMFORT

EKPO

VC, UNIVERSITY OF UYO

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he Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Memfin Ekpo is a professor of Educational Technology. Her university career started in March 1981 when she participated in part-time lecturing at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She was appointed lecturer III in January 1983 at the then College of Education, Uyo which metamorphosed into the erstwhile University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) and later, University of Uyo in 1991. Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Ekpo was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor (the first female professor in the University of Uyo) on October 1, 2001. She has taught many courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, has been an External Examiner to various universities and has supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate projects. Prof. (Mrs.) Ekpo is a member of eight professional bodies. She has produced eight instructional media packages and programmes for learning and has more than sixty publications including books, chapters of books, journal articles and monographs to her credit. Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Ekpo served as member of the Governing Council of Ahmadu Bello University (1993 to 1996) and a member of Common Wealth Scholarship Interview Panel, among others. Prof. (Mrs.) Ekpo was elected by the Senate of UNIUYO to serve as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 2006 to 2008. By her appointment in December 2010, Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Memfin Ekpo is the first female Vice-Chancellor and the fourth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo.


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI nor. Yakowa successfully ran for election as Kaduna Governor in the 26 April 2011 polls on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. In a close race, he polled 1,334,319 votes to clinch victory , becoming the first Southern Kaduna governor.

SIR PATRICK IBRAHIM

YAKOWA FMR GOVERNOR, KADUNA

On 15th December 2012 Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa was involved in a helicopter crash along with former NSA Rtd. General Azazi in Bayelsa

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ir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa was born on 1 December 1948 in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State. He attended St. Mary’s Secondary School, Fadan Kaje and St. John College, Kaduna, and then was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He graduated with a B. Sc in June 1972. Yakowa worked for the Ahmed Makarfi campaign organization in 2003, helping Governor Makarfi get re-elected. He was also chairman of the Rivers State Screening Committee for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2003. Yakowa was appointed Secretary to the Government of Kaduna State in September 2003. He was appointed Deputy Governor of Kaduna State in July 2005. In December 2006 he was a contender to be PDP candidate for governor of Kaduna State, but lost out to Namadi Sambo. Yakowa ran for deputy governor with Sambo running for gover-

PRINCESS (DR.) HENRIETTA

OGAN

ABU ALUMNI PRESIDENT Princess (Dr.) Henrietta Ogan hails from Ogan – Ama in Okrika Local Govt. Area of Rivers State. Born into the Royal family of the late Amanyanabo of Okrika, HRM, Sir S.P.U. Ogan. Young Henrietta was at Rural Training centre, Anwanyi, Asaba for her Nursery education and U.N.A., Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt for her primary education. Princess Ogan started her Post Primary Education at Okrika Girls School and finished

in 1975 at Govt. Girls Secondary School, Harbour Road, Port Harcourt. Search for the Golden Fleece took her to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1978 for a Diploma in Insurance. She was later to obtain a BSc in Business Administration and MBA in 1984 all from the same University. A child of Destiny and with an unquenchable taste for education, this Okrika born Princess has a Ph.D in Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum and Environmental Law from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu – Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt. Princess (Dr.) Henrietta Ogan is not only well read but has a world of experience in both the Public and Private sectors. Between 1975 and 1976, she was at the Rivers State College of Science and Technology now RSUST as an Accounts Clerk. From there, she moved to RivBank Insurance as Assistant Superintendent. In 1981 – 1982, the Princess was back at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, not as a student but now as a lecturer, from where she joined the employment of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, as a lecturer too. For now, she is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the University. Princess (Dr.) Ogan was to join the defunct OMPADEC as Assistant Director between 1993 and 1996 where she held various positions such as Assistant Director, Liaison office, Abuja and Assistant Director, Community Development. By 2001, her appointment with OMPADEC was formally transferred to the Niger Delta Development Commission, first as Deputy Director, Admin-

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI istration and Human Resources and now, Head, Projects Finance Management. A Scholar and a motivator. Princess Ogan is the Author of many Academic publications and presentations. This includes women in the workforce (1992). Leadership role of women in Rural Development, 1991, motivation and National consciousness (1991) etc. She is a winner of over 20 awards of several professional associations and has served on a number of committees.

Usman Sa’idu Nasamu Dakingari was elected governor of Kebbi State in Nigeria in April 2007, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was reelected on 26 April 2011. However, on 24 February 2012 the Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Kebbi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that nullified his election, and ordered a fresh election within 90 days.

A multi-gifted author and teacher, Nelson is a columnist on Pharmanews, Nigeria’s foremost health journal and the author of The Heart and Art of Innovation.

DAKINGARI GOVERNOR, KEBBI STATE

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Nelson is a brilliant author, pharmacist and management consultant, an executive director at Onel Consults Limited and Afro Phytomedicine Development Company.

His core focus is on innovation as a tool for national development, he has delivered lectures on different subjects at workshops organised by Pharmanews Limited in Nigeria and in Accra, Ghana. He has also presented at a worldbank sponsored forum on pharHe was elected again on 31 maceutical research development March and took office on 2 organized by the National InstiApril. tute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development. His work as a consultant with ENABLE, DFID was in furtherance of this commitment to contribute to the development of the Nigerian pharmaceutical research Industry. He is also the Coordinator, West African Pharmaceutical Innovation Project.

SAIDU USMAN NASAMU

a’idu Usman Nasamu Dakingari of Kebbi State was born on 13 September 1959 in Dakin Gari. He attended the Sokoto State College of Arts & Science (1979–1981), and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980– 1984), earning a B.A. in Geography. He did his National Service in Ondo State, then worked as a Town Planning Officer at the Sokoto State Ministry of Works and Housing (1985–1989). In 1989 he joined the Nigerian Customs Service as Superintendent of Customs.

at Jos, Plateau.

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NELSON

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orn on the 5th of January 1985, Okwonna Nelson studied pharmacy at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with distinctions in 2009. As a student, he led a team of students from various disciplines to organize the “My Dreams” series of workshops that held for several sessions at Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria and

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The book has been acclaimed to be a management masterpiece, a scientific magnus opus and a believer’s guide in a knowledge intensive world. He is an officer of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, Maryland Estate Chapter, Lagos.


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI He became Commissioner of Finance when the then Governor Namadi Sambo was elected governor in 2007 and was chosen as deputy governor to Yakowa in 2010 given to the instance of governor Sambo chosen as vice president. He was later sworn in as governor after the demise of his boss.

2005.He held this office until he resigned to start his campaign for election as Governor of Gombe State January 2011. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo was elected Governor of Gombe State, Nigeria in the 26 April 2011 elections, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

ALHAJI MUKHTAR RAMALAN

YERO

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lhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero had his early education at LEA Primary School, Kaura 1974-1980; Government Secondary school Ikara, 1980-1985; Government Secondary school, Zaria 19851986 before obtaining a Diploma in Banking from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He also obtained B.Sc Accounting in 1991 before capping it with Masters in Business Administration. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Alhaji Yero started his working experience as Assistant accountant during his National Youth Service Corps at Ogun state Purchasing Corporation between 1991 and 1992. After the service he was employed as Higher Executive Officer Bursary Department at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1993 before moving to Nigerian Universal Bank Limited as Accountant Supervisor the same year.

HADIZA LADI

DANKWAMBO ABDULLAHI COMMISSIONER FOR WATER IBRAHIM HASSAN

GOVERNOR, GOMBE STATE

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ankwmbo was born on the 4 April 1962 at Gombe. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in 1985 with a degree in Accounting. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos in 1992. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1985, and worked at the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1988 to 1999. He was then appointed Accountant General of Gombe State, holding this position until 2005. He was appointed Accountant – General of the Federation on 20 April

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adiza Ladi Abdullahi is Niger State Commissioner for Water Resources. Born on April 19, 1960 in Zaria, she is from Chanchaga LGA. She attended Women Teachers’ College, Minna (1971–1976); School of Basic Studies, Zaria (1977 –1978); and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1978 – 1981) where she obtained B.Sc Political Science. She has been involved in executive education in various local and foreign executive training in gender development, human resource development,

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI environmental protection and municipal development and general management. She has also been involved in a chain of functions over the years. Between 1981 and 1982, she was NYSC instructor with the Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna. She was Deputy Chairman, Task Team on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Infrastructure Concessioning 2009); Head Technical Team, FCT Low income Housing Project; Chairman, FCT Street Naming Committee (2009); and member, Harmonizing of FCT Taxes (2008). Between May 2008 and July 2009, she was with the Area Council Service Secretariat, FCTA as Director, Administrator and Finance. Between July 2009 and 2011, she was Director General, Environmental Protection and Development and General Manager, Niger State Environment Protection Agency (NISEPA).

1987 with B.Sc in Political Science and obtained M.Sc, Political Science/International Relations from the same University in 1992. He started his working career in 1989 as a Political Education Officer with the Agency for Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Reliance Nigeria. In 1989, he joined Westex Nigeria Limited as an Assistant General Manager. In 1994 he was appointed as an Assistant Consular Officer (Immigration), and later Chief Protocol Officer, Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC, USA. Mr. Lawal joined First Bank of Nigeria Plc in May 2003; as Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking, and was at various times Senior Manager, Abuja Area office, Business Development Manager, Abuja, Principal Manager, Group Head PSG II, Assistant General Manager (Business Development Manager), Maitama, Deputy General Manager (Business Development Manager), Maitama/Group Head Public Sector, Abuja. Between October 2010 and September 2011 Mr. Lawal was elevated to the position of Executive Vice President, Public Sector, North of First Bank of Nigeria Plc. In September 2012 he became Executive Director, Public Sector North, of First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

MR. DAUDA

Mr. Lawal has attended many courses local and international. He is a fellow, Institute of CorEX. DIR. PUBLIC SECTOR, NORTH, FBN porate Administration as well r. Dauda Lawal gradu- as Fellow, Civilian Institute of ated from Ahmadu Democratic Administration Bello University in

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PROF. ITA OKON BASSEY

EWA

MINISTER, SCIENCE AND TECH

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rof. I.O.B. Ewa was born on 3rd November, 1952. His undergraduate University education was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria where he obtained B.Sc (Hons) Physics in 1977. His postgraduate programme was at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and graduated with M.Sc (Nuclear Physics) and Ph.D (Physics) in 1982 and 1993 respectively. He undertook several professional trainings in analytical nuclear physics sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria. Prof. I.O.B. Ewa began his professional training career in Reactor Physics with the Kernforshungszentrum, Karlsruhe, West Germany in 1981; proceeded to Texas A & M University from 1989-1990 for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) research work on Nuclear Analytical Techniques. Thereafter,


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI he undertook some research work on Neutron Activation Analysis at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (19951996) under the sponsorship of the IAEA. In 2008, he was awarded an IAEA Coordinated Research Project on the ‘Development and Applications of Calibration Method for HPGe Detectors Used in Measurement of Environmental samples. Professor I.O.B. Ewa, a great educator and Professor has taught physics and supervised over 20 postgraduate thesis at the Physics Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He has equally been a researcher at the Nuclear Research Centre, Centre for Energy Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria from 1983 to date. This erudite scholar has to his credit over 100 peer-reviewed journals and technical publications. He is a member of several international professional bodies. Professor Ita Okon Bassey was appointed as the Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal republic of Nigeria in July 2011.

AHMED MOHAMMED

MAKARFI

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hmed Mohammed Makarfi (born 8 August 1956) is a Nigerian politician, was elected Senator for Kaduna North in April 2007. He is a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Makarfi was born in Makarfi Lo-

cal Government Area of Kaduna State, he attended primary school from 1965 to 1973. He then attended the Federal Government College in Enugu from 1973 to 1978. In 1979, Makarfi was admitted to the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He was a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Accounting from 1987-1993. During this time, he received a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. Makarfi started his working career at the Nigeria Universal Bank, where he rose to the rank of Assistant General Manager. He held many ad-hoc responsibilities during this period. In1994, he was appointed to the Kaduna State Executive Council as Honorable Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning. He became a member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja as well as its Director of Finance and Administration. Senator Ahmed Makarfi was a two time governor of Kaduna State from 1999-2007.

ARC. MUSA MOHAMMED

SADA

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MINISTER, SCIENCE & STEEL orn on 25th February, 1957, in Mina Katsina State, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada is the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Nigeria. Having served meritoriously in that capacity from April 2010 to May 2011, he was reappointed to continue as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development in July 2011. Prior to his appointment as a Minister in April 2010, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada was a lecturer at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. A graduate of Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same University and other Professional Qualification which include, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA), Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Fellow, Institute of Industrialist and

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI cooperate Administration of Nigeria. He has served in various capacities both in the private and public sectors.

Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972, after which he gained admission into the famous Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1973 and graduated in 1976 with Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Architecture (B. Sc. (Hons) and holds a Master’s degree (M. Sc.) Arch 1978. He served with the Oyo State Ministry of Works and Housing for the National Youth Service Corps up to August 1979. In 1988 he was appointed Commissioner for Works, Transport and Housing, Kaduna. In May 2007, Mohammed Namadi Sambo assumed the office of the governor of Kaduna state. Mid way to his term, he was nominated for the office of the Vice President. On 19 May 2010 he was formally sworn in as the VP Federal Republic of Nigeria, a position he holds till date.

MOHAMMED NAMADI

SAMBO

VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA

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ohammed Namadi Sambo was born on 2 August 1954 in Zaria, Kaduna State of Nigeria. He started his Educational Career between the year 1959 at Baptist Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna, Kobi Primary School in Bauchi and Towns School No. 1 in Zaria. Between 1967 to 1971, he attended Government Secondary School now Alhuda-Huda College in Zaria. He attended the School of

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EJIKE

UGBOAJA PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALLER

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Kaduna State. He then went on to attend secondary education at Government College Kaduna. In 2002, Ejike enrolled at Ahmedu Bello University in Zaria, where he was a student until 2006. Ejike’s basketball career started with the Youth Movement Christian Association in 1999, from which he was selected to represent Kaduna State at the National Sports Festival in Ibadan 2001. His performance at the Ibadan games earned him a place on one of the perennial power house basketball clubs of Nigeria, the Yelwa Hawks. Ejike became an All Star during the 2001-2002 Premier League season. During this time, Ejike also represented Ahmedu Bello University in the Nigerian University Games (NUGA), and West African University Games (WAUG), where the university basketball team came out as Tournament Champions in 2003 and 2004.

irst African player to be drafted by the American NBA straight from Africa (Cleveland Cavaliers, second round, 2006) . .. Ejike Christopher Ugboaja was born on the 28th of May, 1985 in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The youngest of six children. Ejike attended primary school at St. Ejike is known for his reAugustine L.E.A. in Tudunwada, bounding ability, but it was his

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI scoring ability that catapulted him into an opportunity with Premier League giants Union Bank Basketball Club in 2004. He averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds per game in the Nigerian Premier League with the Bankers. In 2006, Ejike’s biggest dream came true when he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 55th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Ejike is the only player in history to be drafted directly from Africa. Since the beginning of his basketball career, Ejike has been a standout member of the Nigerian National Team. Over the past decade, Ejike has played for his country nearly every summer. He represented Nigeria at the 2002 U-18 African Championships in Egypt, the 2003 U-18 World Championships in Greece, the 2005 U-21 World Championships in Argentina, and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Since 2007, Ejike has been a member of Nigeria’s Senior National Team, competing at the highest international level. Upon being drafted by the Cavaliers in 2006, Ejike’s love for his country and desire to help younger generations inspired him to start the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation. This foundation is meant to provide Nigerian youths with the opportunity to achieve their academic and athletic dreams at home and abroad. In his own words; “I have been very fortunate and blessed to be where I am today. My goal with starting this foundation is to offer young kids the oppor-

tunity I never had, but always wanted when I was their age. I want to help them become a success for their families and themselves. I pray one day they will take what they’ve learned and hopefully share the wisdom of their experiences with others that follow them, and in turn, inspire even more kids to do the same.”

Automobile from 2006 to 2008 and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee of Unity Bank. He has acted as an arbitrator in England and Nigeria, handling commercial disputes involving Shell Ultra Deep and the Federal Government of Nigeria, Global Steel Holdings and the Bureau of Public Enterprises Investment, and AES Nigeria Barge and Lagos State Government. His appointment as Minister of Justice and Attorney General on 6 April 2010 was seen as an attempt by Jonathan to introduce a fresh approach in pushing through electoral reforms.

BARR. MOHAMMED BELLO

ADOKE

MINISTER OF JUSTICE

Bello Adoke was born on 1 September 1963 in Kogi State. He gained a degree in law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and 1985, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in October 1986. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax Law from Robert Kennedy University in Zurich, Switzerland and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Keble College, Oxford.

DANBABA DANFULANI

SUNTAI

GOVERNOR, TARABA

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orn on June 30, 1961, His Excellency, Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai is by far one of the most resourceful He held positions with the alumnus of the prestigious AhKwara State Schools’ Manage- madu Bello University. ment Board, Kano State Ministry of Justice and private law The 1984 graduate with Bachefirms before establishing his lor of Science Degree in Pharmaown practice. He was a mem- cy through is towering acumen ber of the Board of Peugeot has proven beyond any inkling 673 |switchmagazineonline.com Vol. 263 Iss. 3 vol 2: iss switchmagazineonline.com


50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI of doubt that he is a man with a large heart and not the type to forget his root. His genuine philanthropic undertaking has seen to the building of an ultramodern lecture theatre donated to the University through the Department of Pharmaceutical Science. A trained pharmacist elected as the Executive Governor of Taraba State in the April 2007 and currently serving his second term in the same position after a successful re-election in 2011 under the banner of People’s Democratic Party. His Excellency has also held many noble political positions either by election, merit or appointment, including the Honourable Chairman of Bali (19891983) Director General, Taraba State Ministry of Agriculture and National Resources (19941996), Chairman, Taraba State Investment and Properties Ltd (2000), Commissioner of Education Ministry (2000-2003) and Secretary to the State Government (2005-2007).

She hails from Ilorin, Kwara State but conducts her business and resides in Lagos. Had her secondary education at Queens School, Ilorin and attended Ahmadu Bello University for her tertiary education where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Armstrong College for a degree in Accountancy.

She started her career with the audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria before venturing into commercial activities. She introduced the Konica brand of photographic materials into the Nigerian market and along the West Africa coast. She is also the managing director of Practoil Ltd, was a member of the board of trustees of Intercity bank ALHAJI AMINU Plc, and also a member of the board of Unity bank Plc. She is DG, NITT also a member of various committees of the National Eco- Aminu Musa Yusuf was born nomic Partnership for African on 15th April, 1959 at Zaria KaDevelopment (NEPAD). She duna State. He attended Tudun has participated in many local Wada Primary School, Zaria and international seminars and from 1964 to 1971, and proworkshops, including Harvard ceeded to Government SecBusiness School to keep pace ondary School Zaria City for with the development in man- his secondary education from agement techniques. 1972 to 1976.

She is the GMD/CEO of Bolmus Group International.

Aminu MusaYusuf later joined College of Arts, Science and

BOLA M.

SHAB\GAYA SHAGAYA BUSINESSWOMAN

BUSINESS WOMAN

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50 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI Technology, Zaria in 1976 for his A Level –IJMB and was at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1978 to-1981 and 19831985 for his first and second degrees. He also attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 2001 Yusuf started his working career with the Kaduna State Government as a Town Planning Officer in 1982 and later the same year joined University of Sokoto as a Lecturer. An astute academican and an administrator, Yusuf joined the services of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology NITT, Zaria in 1992 as a Principal Staff Development Officer and rose to the position of Director Training department in 2004. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography both from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Aminu Musa Yusuf also holds a certificate in Logistics, Customs and Ports Training from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point New York. He has so many publications to his credit and has attended many Seminars, Conferences and workshops both at home and abroad. Aminu Musa Yusuf is a member of several professional bodies including fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT (International), International Multi-Modal Transport Association IMMTA and Institute of Management

Consultants (IMC) Aminu had within the short period as Director General and Chief Executive made positive contributions to the development of the Institute which includes signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for the running of postgraduate programmes and sponsoring of many staff on postgraduate programmes both at home and abroad. He is currently focusing attention on expanding the programmes of the Institute towards achieving its full mandates.

OLADIPUPO OGUNDELE

(DIPP) MUSICIAN

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s i n g e r / s o n g w r i t e r, Dipp, started recording his debut solo album in 2005; the album now complete, will bring to the listener a perfect harmony of indigenous and international renditions of the R&B genre while vividly describing the struggles of a man striving to achieve his destiny. In 2009 he won the Best Special Effects and Editing award at the Sound City Music Awards for his Dangerous which was directed by special-effects wizard, MEX. Later in the year he released his second single Pop Off Selecta. When the video dropped in 2010 DIPP produced yet another stunning video with the aid of MEX. In less than 2 months Pop Off Selecta had risen up the charts and peaked at the number one spot in Sound City Top Ten Videos chart for many weeks. He recently won two awards at the NMVA2010 - Best Use of Special Effects and Best Choreography. Dipp has a B.Sc in Building from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Oladipupo Ogundele DIPP born 1980 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He adopted the stage name DIPP from the shortening of his first name.

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ENGR. ANDREW

YAKUBU GMD, NNPC

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e started his career as pioneer Plant/Chief Operator and Refinery Superintendent, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, (KRPC) in 1980. He was posted to WRPC in 1989 as Superintendent Officer in charge of the Fuel Plant. At various times he was Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production; Managing Director, WRPC; Executive Director, Operations, NETCO; Executive Director, Operations, Nigerian Gas Company; General Manager, Engineering Technical Services, Engineering and Technology Division, ETD; Manager, JV Oil Facilities, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS); Manager, East Area Oil Development Project, Mobil Producing Nigeria JV; Manager, Yoho Oil Development Project, Mobil Producing Nigeria JV as well as Manager, Bonny Terminal Rehabilitation Project. In terms of training and manpower development, Engr. Yakubu through the years has attended a handful of management development programmes both in Nigeria and abroad. Born on September 10th 1955 in Unguwar Wakili in Zonzon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the young Andrew Laah Yakubu had his early education at Baptist Primary School, Kawo, as well as Baptist Primary School, Marke, all in Kaduna State. He also attended the Baptist Primary School in Keffi in present day Nassarawa State where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1968. Between 1969 and 1973, Yakubu was a student at the Government College, Keffi, where he obtained his West African School Certificate in June, 1973. That same year he got admission into the College of Arts and Science, Zaria, for the two year Interim Joint Matriculation Board programme. From 1975 to 1979 he was at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. A Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers as well as Fellow Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Yakubu was the 2007 winner of the NNPC Group Managing Director’s Award for outstanding performance. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologist in Engineering and an Associate Fellow, Chemical Society of Nigeria.

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SOME MAJOR HEADLINES OF 2012

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Dr Kabir Chafe the Director Arewa House shares some personal and nostalgic experience with Danladi Muktar on his days as a student.

Sir can you brief us about your school days in change it positively? ABU? Unlike now where people want to get educated As a Nigerian, I have seen so much, over the in order to accumulate wealth for themselves. last few years, there have been some changes, transformations, which I never dreamt of some Are you impressed with Alumnus giving back to few years back. Even the university system in the institution? the 70s has a huge difference from what we I am impressed, the Alumni Association of ABU have now. I was also a member of the university specifically is taking the challenge, and actually committee, I did all my education in ABU ex- I’m highly impressed. Many are not there but cept my primary education, I attended Teachers they are on the road to be there, they are thinkTraining College (TTC) which I remember most ing seriously of a way to make an impact and of their examinations were coordinated by In- contribute, because they are proud of ABU. stitute of Education, I did my CE, BA, PHD all in Zaria. I am really very proud of ABU and I have I have said it several times; in Nigeria, ABU to never regretted that; rather I would have regret- me is the surviving legacy of a National Proted if I didn’t attend ABU. I have seen so much, ject. It is the only institution in Nigeria where you can get students from each and every loI have learnt so much. cal government in the country. I wish Nigeria Sir, could you reflect on some of your lecturers would have like 6 or 50 universities like ABU. in the past? And those who graduate from ABU, their perWhen I came to the university, the faculty ception of Nigeria are certainly different. wasn’t the same as we have it today; it was faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS). We had lecturers from all over the world, Africans, Britain, Americans, and Europeans. In my department more than half the lecturers were not Nigerians, it was really an international arena.

Then it was the concept of National & International Service; people were so concerned about making the world a better place, which was the focus; what can you give back to the society to

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The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Dr. (Mrs) Dere Awosika a graduate of Pharmacy from this great Ivy League, Ahmadu Bello University briefly chatted with the Switch team on the mandate of her ministry, her time as student and why the youths should seek for more answers to what they don’t understand.

Can we meet you? My name is Dr. (Mrs) Dere Awosika What graduating set are you? 1976 – Pharmacy As an alumni, what is your opinion of A.B.U? My opinion of A.B.U is knowing that it’s a university which has a lot of goodwill globally. There is a disparity in terms of ABU of your time and that of the younger generation, what in your view tend to this degrade? To be honest, falling educational standard in my view, it may also be from indiscipline of either lecturers or students.

Felicitation from NANS National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) appreciates the holistic effort of our founding father, Sir Ahmadu Bello, a quintessential leader per excellence, a great person with a large dream of empowerment, unity, development, social and economic value to Nigerians at large. On behalf of the Nigerian Students (NANS) at home and in the diaspora, we felicitate with the management, staff, students and every well-wisher of a golden dream that has come to reality; ABU@50.

“Education is a right not a privilege” Long live NANS, long live ABU, and long live The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Aluta continua, victoria acerta

Since resuming as the new permanent secretary, how has the mandate been? In the ministry of power we tend to analyze the contribution of other types of power such as solar, hydro, and renewable energy, all of them are combined to supply power to the populace. In your opinion, what challenges do today’s youths face? I see a lot of youth who lack the understanding of issues, they should ask more questions when they are not sure of certain issues. They should not take “them say” as an answer, they should rather stretch to know answers for which they are not clear themselves and not just borrow the leaf from what is been chorused, because in most cases what is been chorused may not be right.

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