NSUK Appoints Prof. Suleiman .B. Mohammed Acting Vice Chancellor

NSUK Appoints Prof. Suleiman .B. Mohammed Acting Vice Chancellor

Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed Has Been Appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed has formerly assumed office as the Acting Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

At a brief handover ceremony held Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 at the Senate Chamber of the University, Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed paid special tribute to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, for his outstanding accomplishments while in office.

He promised to build on the success recorded by the Prof. Mainoma as well expand the existing achievements.

Prof. Bala Mohammed also praised the efforts of the state government, under the able leadership of the Visitor to Nasarawa State University, Keffi, His Excellency Umar Tanko Al-Makura, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, in the improvement of quality of facilities which have resulted in Nasarawa State University, Keffi being one of the best universities in Nigeria.

On some of the challenges facing the university, the Acting Vice Chancellor, said he is committed to tackling them heads on, while calling on the staff and students to lend him similar support in order for the institution to attain greater heights.

Earlier in his speech, the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, said he was glad that the University has made great progress under his leadership, expressing joy that the appointment of Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed as the Acting Vice Chancellor is a right decision, describing him as someone who understands the university system very well.

Prof. Mainoma outlined some of his accomplishments such as, increase in the number of NUC approved programmes, expansion and improvement in the infrastructure, increased visibility of the university resulting in the growth of the number of students from less 30,000 when he took over to 50,000 today.

He also cited the stability of academic programmes, the welfare of staff and students, as well as the transparency of processes as legacies that he is proudly bequeathing. He assured the Acting Vice Chancellor of his cooperation within the period of transition to ensure smooth take off of the new leadership.

COMRADE VICE CHANCELLOR: BRIEF PROFILE OF PROF. SULEIMAN BALA MOHAMMED, ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR, NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

NSUK Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed
Suleiman Bala Mohammed, a Professor of Political Sociology and Development, was appointed the Acting Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi on the On 8th of October, 2018, by the Governor of Nasarawa State and Visitor to Nasarawa State University, Keffi, His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, following the expiration of the tenure of the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Mainoma Akaro.

Born on the March 5, 1963 in Laminga, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Prof. S. B. Suleiman attended Senior Primary School, Laminga from 1970 to 1976. On completion of his primary education in 1976, he proceeded to Government Secondary School Nasarawa for his Senior School Certificate which he got in 1981.

His quest for higher education led him to the School of Preliminary Studies (SPS), Keffi from 1981 to 1984. And in 1984, his brilliance and undying zeal for intellectual development saw him admitted into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.

Between 1990 and 2001, he was a postgraduate student at the University of Jos, where he bagged Master of Science Degree (M.Sc. Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. Sociology) in 1994 and 2001, respectively. Prof. Mohammed also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna and in 2010, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) issued him with a Certificate of Registration.

A complete and dedicated teacher, the Acting Vice Chancellor began his teaching career while undergoing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1987 at GSS Kaiama, Kwara State. On completion of the one year national service, he joined the School of Preliminary Studies, Keffi in 1988 as a Lecturer. He later transferred his services to the University of Abuja in 1996 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Political Sociology and Development in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja in 2011.

Within this period, Prof. S. B. Mohammed held several administrative positions, garnering a lot of experiences over time. He was a Post-Graduate (2004 – 2006), Member, University of Abuja Governing Council (2005 – 2011), Member, University of Abuja Senate (2007 – 2013), Dean, Student Affairs Division (2007 – 2009) and Member, University Management (2007 – 2009).

Between 2009 and 2011, he was the Acting Director, Center for Asian Studies of the University of Abuja, Acting Head of Department, Sociology (2011 – 2013), Director, Institute of Legislative Studies, (ILS) (2014 – 2016) and Head, Department of Sociology from 2016 until his appointment as the Acting Vice Chancellor of NSUK.

Prof. S. B. Mohammed has similarly discharged enough responsibilities in the aspect of community service. A core unionist and defender of Nigerian workers, the Acting Vice Chancellor has participated actively in the programmes and activities of academic unions as one of the top officials. You are not wrong if you describe him as “Comrade per Excellence”.

He was the Abuja Zonal Co-ordinator, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) 2012 –2016, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) University of Abuja, September 2001 to September, 2005, National President, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch 1992 – 1994, President, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary Studies (ASUBAPS), School of Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch 1992 – 1994 and Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary studies (ASUBAPS), School of Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch (1998 – 1999).

Prof. Mohammed was a Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, (2014 – 2016), an External Examiner to several universities including Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, (IBBU) Lapai and the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano.

He is actively involved in the development of his community of Laminga, where he is the Chairman, Laminga Development Foundation (LDF) 2012 – Date. He was also the Chairman, Nasarawa Emirate Committee of Academic and Medical Doctors, 2013 – 2015.

On scholarly and academic publications, Prof. Mohammed has seventeen published journal articles, contributed six book chapters, twenty-eight conference papers and has edited and reviewed at least two journals.

He is a member of professional associations such as the Nigeria Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA) and the Nigerian Sociology Society (NSS), among others.

He is happily married with children.


Signed:
Abraham H. Ekpo
Information & Protocol Officer
Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
NSUK Appoints Prof. Suleiman .B. Mohammed Acting Vice Chancellor NSUK Appoints Prof. Suleiman .B. Mohammed Acting Vice Chancellor Reviewed by Lagos University Info on Friday, October 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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