By Ese Awhotu
A former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC), Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Modibbo has been elevated to the rank of a Professor of History by the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK).
An author of seven books on history and education, Modibbo has more than 116 seminar/ conference/ journal papers to his credit before being moved to the professorial cadre.
According to NSUK official bulletin, Modibbo was promoted with other seven Associate Professors to the rank of professor effective from May 2017.
Others include Dr. Uche Uwaleke (Nigeria’s first Professor of Capital Market); Dr. Ochinya Ojiji (Department of Psychology); Dr. M.M. Ari (Department of Animal Science); Dr. Olamuyiwa James Jayeoba (Department of Agronomy); Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Idris Wakawa (Department of Arabic Studies); Dr. Alagbe Adewole (Department of English) and Dr. Makwin D. Makut (Department of Biological Science).
Born on the 15th of May, 1954 in Yola Adamawa State, Prof. Modibbo obtained his PhD in History in 1985 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he began his career as a lecturer in 1977.
He was a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria before the faculty was divided into two. He was a member of the implementation task force on the rehabilitation of university facilities.
He rose to the position of a Senior Lecturer in ABU before he was appointed as the Director/Chief Executive of the National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna from 2000 to 2007.
Following outstanding performance, he was appointed the Executive Secretary of UBEC between 2007 and 2012 by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
He has served the country in several capacities, including the Ministerial Committee on the Review/ Drafting of White Paper on Visitation Panel reports to federal universities in Nigeria between October and December 1999.
He was also a board member of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and member of the National Committee on West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC).