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Published On: Fri, Dec 12th, 2014

Prof Haruna appointed pioneer VC University of Education Minna

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

The Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has approved the appointment of Professor Farouk Abdulraheed Haruna as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the newly established Niger state University of Education, Minna.

In his letter of appointment, signed by the Secretary to the state government, Hon. Saidu Ndako Idris said the appointment is for a single term of five years and it is expected to take from January 1, 2015.

According to the governor, the appointment of Professor Haruna was in recognition of his track record of achievements as the Provost of the state college of Education, Minna, a position he occupied until his appointment.

The overseeing Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Professor, Mohammed Yahaya Kuta, while presenting the appointment letter to the new Vice-Chancellor, in a brief ceremony in his office on Wednesday, said the delay in the taking-off of the University since October was to enable the government secure the approval of the National University Commission.

He said all the necessary machinery for the smooth take off of the University have been put in place, stressing that the University will operate from the present state College of Education as it temporary site.

Reacting to his new appointment, the Vice-Chancellor said his appointment was apt and timely describing it as a challenge and a great opportunity, adding that “we will use the opportunity to build a world-class University of Education that will be of a pride not only to Niger state but to the country in general”.

He maintained that the establishment of the University will help the state achieve it vision 3-2020 because Teacher education is expected to be the main driver as it will produce those that will help to achieve the vision.


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