The landscape of education in Nigeria is never changing; and this change, which is reflected in the establishment of more and more institutions of learning, is driven by demand and the demand for education is driven by a number of factors. These include: the growing population of Nigeria with a large percentage being children and young adults of schooling age; the shortage of adequate spaces for the teeming population of applicants annually, dubbed the lack of access; and the increasing importance of education as a definer of social and economic status of people. The demands at the tertiary level, especially university education, is more acute as more and more graduating students from all secondary schools and old graduates who have not secured admission annually compete for the limited space available in Nigerian universities.
The crises of access influenced the decision of the Federal Government to establish nine new universities to be funded by it. The issue of equity, in terms of the distribution of federal resources, also influenced the decision of the Federal Government to increase the number of its universities. This is buttressed by the need to give equal opportunity to all Nigerians, irrespective of their State of origin, the opportunity to acquire qualitative university education within a reasonable distance from their locale.
However, the overarching rationale for the establishment of new universities lies not with expanding access, but with the understanding and appreciation of the Federal Government of the roles universities play in the growth and development of human societies. Looking into the 21st century with hope and aspiring to become one of the leading global economies at the dawn of the century, Nigeria and its Government took the initiative to establish new universities for the rapid socio-economic transformation of the country. It is the aspiration and expectation of the Federal Government that these universities shall become centres of excellence and wheels for driving the transformational agenda of government.
Federal University, Kashere (FUK) was one of the new federal universities establish by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2010 to increase access and ensure equity among all the States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in terms of the presence of federal tertiary institutions. FUK aspires to be a world class institution of higher learning which shall attract and train brilliant and talented young people from diverse backgrounds in Gombe State, Nigeria and beyond to become the leaders of tomorrow.
To this end, a memorandum was presented by the then Minster of State, Education, Olorogun Kenneth O. Gbagi to the Federal Executive Council, at its 39th Meeting held on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010, requesting for the establishment of 44 additional tertiary institutions nationwide, to address the twin challenges of access and equitable educational development of States in the Federation. Council, in its wisdom, however, approved the establishment of twelve new universities on the basis of equity and access. Nine universities were approved for immediate take-off under Phase I of this initiative.
Sequel to above approval, a twelve –member Committee, under the Chairmanship of Prof. Julius A. Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State, Education, Olorogun Kenneth O. Gbagi on Thursday, 11th November, 2010, to among other assignments, develop the modalities for the location and take-off of these universities. The report of the Technical Committee was presented to the Honourable Minister on Monday, 15th November, 2010, in compliance with the ministerial deadline for the submission of the report.
For the effective take-off of the nine universities drawn from all the geo-political zones, the Honourable Minister of Education, Pro. Ruqqayat Ahmed Rufa’I, OON accompanied by the Director (Tertiary Education), Federal Ministry of Education and the Executive Secretaries of NUC and ETF, visited the identified States. With the support of the State Governments, permanent as well as take-off sites were identified. These were subsequently approved by the Federal Executive Council. Council also approved the sum of 1.5 billion for each university to be sourced from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). FUK was one the nine universities approved for take-off under Phase I of that initiative.
Mr. President, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, in his capacity as Visitor to the nine newly established federal universities, appointed Vice –Chancellors and Registrars for the universities on 7th February, 2011. The appointees were informed of their appointments at a media press briefing by the Honourable Minister of Education, in the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday, 9th February, 2011. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Mohammed Kabiru Farouk, and the Registrar, Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Bafeto, of FUK were formally introduced to the Executive Governor of Gombe State on 1st March, 2011.
Beyond these, the university has established a warm and mutually beneficial relationship with the Gombe State Government and has already been benefiting from the assistance of the State Government; while in turn the university has agreed to establish a pre-degree programme to cater for the needs of the indigenes of the State.
This Academic Brief has been produced by the University Management, with input from consultants in Nigerian universities, as a requirement of the NUC for all new universities in Nigeria; but more importantly to ensure proper planning to guide the operations of the university from inception to maturity. The Academic Brief covers the first ten years of the development of the university from the 2011/12 session to the 2020/21 session as well as its structure at its ultimate growth. The consultants assisted in preparing the Academic Brief were:
- Alhassan Mohammed Gani, Department of Biological Sciences, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi;
- Umaru A. Pate, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri;
- Isa H. Chiroma, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri;
- Mahmoud M. Lawal, Department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano;
- Mohammed Sani Abdulkadir, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano;
- Mustapha Ahmed Isa, Department of English, Bayero University, Kano;
- Anthony Obi, Department of Mechanical, Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria;
- Ibrahim Musa Umar, Department of Chemistry, Gombe State University, Gombe;
- O. Olaniyi, Department of Economics, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada; and
- Ahmed M. Falaki, Department of Agronomy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The following individuals provided secretarial support: Mal. Muhammad Maikudi Mohammed and Mal. Nasiru Kyari.
LOCATION OF THE UNIVERSITY
FUK is located in Kashere in Akko Local Government Area (LGA) of Gombe State. Gombe State is located in the north-eastern part of Nigeria and its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional State. The State nicknamed the ‘Jewel in the Savannah’ was created on 1st October, 1996 by the regime of Late General Sani Abacha from part of the old Bauchi State. Being located in the north-eastern zone, right within the expansive Savannah allows the State to share common borders with the states of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa and Bauchi. The State has an area of 20,266 km2 and a population of around 2,353,000 people as of 2006. Gombe State has two distinct climates, the dry season (November – March) and the rainy season (April – October) with an average rainfall of 850mm. The State is headed by the Executive Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. Gombe State has 11 LGAs and 14 Emirates/Chiefdoms. The LGAs are: Akko, Balanga, Billiri, Dukku, Funakaye, Gombe, Kaltungo, Kwami, Nafada, Shongom, and Yamaltu Deba. Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani people; and the people are mainly farmers. Gombe State has been a citadel of learning from early times. It is among the early recipients of Islamic culture and teachings, in the wake of the Islamic Jihad of the 1800’s. It has by no small means played a key role in the propagation of the teachings and practice of Islam. That early status has played out in the town’s subsequent emergence as key resource centre for Islamic teaching and scholarship.
A little afterwards, missionary activities took a stronghold in the predominantly Christian areas, South East of Gombe. In those areas, the teaching of Christianity was later to be well integrated alongside western education.
With this rich culture of learning though, there was never to develop, any conscious attempt towards articulating those early backgrounds, into the science of modern educational developments. Those early advantages of scholarship have therefore not been exploited towards development needs, since in any case, the State lacked any visible tertiary institution for that purpose. FUK once established therefore, shall strive and survive on a fertile terrain, in which scholarship can be sustained from a legacy and culture of teaching and learning.
For sustenance, a major attraction for FUK is the large number of youths that go through Secondary Schools yearly. Since State creation in 1996, the total Secondary School population of Gombe State has increased at an annual rate 2% to 38,000 in 2003; a quarter of whom are regularly in the terminal class; with aspiration to proceed to higher levels of tertiary education. In 2003, over 2,000 indigenes of Gombe State actually applied to sit for the then University Matriculation Examination (UME). Yet, assuming a pass rate of 50% (1000), there were actually available, less than 200 vacancies annually in the five catchment universities of the State; and less than 300 from all Nigerian universities collectively.
From available statistic also, there are another 1,000 student’s yearly needing minimal special remedial programmes, or further qualifications at School of Basic Studies, that can easily become admirable into universities. In effect therefore, FUK shall have enough applicants to draw its sustenance, at both its take-off, and into a very distant future.
In terms of relevance, FUK shall seek to undertake a long, slow, but steady and continuous training of skilled and highly trained manpower for Gombe State in particular, and the country at large. In graduating individuals equipped with professional and vocational skills, FUK shall also be solving the problems of shortages of graduate teachers, technologists, scientists, healthcare personnel, and administrators. A basis thus, would have been provided for the long-term sustainable growth, relevance and development of Gombe State and Nigeria.
The Proprietor of FUK is the Federal Government of Nigeria, while the Visitor is His Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
FUK seeks ‘to become a world-renowned centre of learning where students are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need in order to serve their community, state, nation, and the world through excellence in teaching, research, and service’.
The mission of FUK is ‘to serve as a world-renowned centre of learning through excellence in teaching, research and scholarly/artistic activities, and service to the community, state, nation, and the world.
FUK is an institution of higher learning that is committed to excellence and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge within an environment that respects diversity, the worth of the individual, academic freedom, a commitment to service learning, and a shared responsibility for applying knowledge and skills to address the interrelated issues that affect the local, national and global communities.
In this regard, FUK is committed to the following core values:
- Truth and integrity in the pursuit, generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge;
- Freedom of thought and expression;
- Respect for diversity and the dignity of the individual;
- Responsibility as stewards of the environment and citizens of the world;
- Excellence in intellectual, personal, and operational endeavours;
- High standards of morals and ethics; and efficient resource management based on the need for cost-effectiveness.
The law establishing the university has defined the following objectives for it. The objectives of the university are:
- To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education;
- To provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
- To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in restricted fields of learning and human endeavour;
- To relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria; and
- Undertake any other activity appropriate for a university of the higher standard.
The Logo of FUK depicts an open book, some strands of leaves, a cow, and a globe all encased in a shield and the shield in encased a circle across which the name of the university is inscribed. The circle rests on a green ribbon with the motto of the university inscribed in it.
The open book symbolizes knowledge; the leaves depict agriculture, the main occupation around the university; the cow represents animal husbandry, another major occupation in the local area; and the globe portrays the global focus of the university.
The motto of FUK is ‘Education for Global Citizenship’ FUK seeks to prepare students that are globally competent regardless of their disciplines of study, who comprehend global events and respond to them effectively. As we live in the era of globalization, it is imperative that the university prepares its graduates to become globally competitive. It is not sufficient to focus on the study of the local to the exclusion of the global. Graduates of FUK shall be able and willing to apply the knowledge of interrelated global issues and multi-perspective analytical skills to local and global problem solving (Florida International University’s quality Enhancement Plan, 2010). Global Citizenship entails taking responsibility for seeking solutions to local, national, and global issues.
President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
The Visitor to FUK shall be the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Visitor shall ensure adequate financial base and support and the optimized performance and management of the university. Currently the Visitor to the University is President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
HRH. Agabaidu (Dr.) Elias Ikoyi Obekpa F
CTI, LLD, CON, the Och Idoma of Idoma Land.
The Chancellor of FUK shall be the university appointed by the Visitor. The Chancellor as the number one officer of the university shall be selected carefully and shall be a knowledgeable, greatly inspiring and renowned personality in Nigeria. The Chancellor shall reflect the character of the university and be its ambassador. Currently the Chancellor of the University is HRH. Agabaidu (Dr.) Elias Ikoyi Obekpa FCTI, LLD, CON, the Och Idoma of Idoma Land.
PRO-CHANCELLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL
FUK shall have a Pro-Chancellor who shall be appointed or removed from office by the President and shall, in relation to the university, take precedence before all other members of the university except the Chancellor when acting as Chairman of Convocation, and except for the Vice–Chancellor when acting as Chairman of Congregation, and the Pro-Chancellor shall when he is present be the Chairman at all meetings of the Council. The Pro-Chancellor shall hold office for a period of four years beginning with the date of his appointment.
H.E. Otunba Gbenga Daniel
Pioneer Pro-Chancellor (2015- 12/02/2016)
Alh. Garba Mohammed Gadi
2nd Pro-Chancellor 12/02/2016 and
Died on 1st August, 2017
FUK shall have a Council, which shall be the governing body of the university and shall be charged with the general control and superintendence of the policy, finances and property of the university, including its public relations. The Council shall ensure that proper accounts of the university are kept and that the accounts of the university are audited annually by auditors appointed by the Council from the list and in accordance with guidelines supplied by the Auditor-General of the federation, and that an annual report is published by the university together with certified copies of the said accounts as audited. The Council shall have a tenure of four years from the date of its inauguration provided that where a Council is found incompetent and corrupt it shall be dissolved by the Visitor and a new Council shall be immediately constituted for the effective functioning of the university. Membership of the university’s Council shall be as provided in the university law as follows:
- Pro-Chancellor – Chairman
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- One person from the Federal Ministry responsible for education;
- Four persons representing a variety of interests and broadly representative of the whole federation to be appointed by the Federal Executive Council;
- Four persons appointed by Senate from among its members;
- Two persons appointed by Congregation from among its members; and
- One person appointed by Convocation from among its members.
CONSTITUTION OF THE 1ST GOVERNING COUNCIL
The first Governing Council of the University was inaugurated on Tuesday, 5th May, 2015 at the National Universities Commission (NUC) auditorium, Abuja, where His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was appointed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council with the composition:
LIST OF 1ST UNIVERSITY GOVERNING COUNCIL
The first Governing Council operated from 5th May, 2015 to 15th February, 2016.
|1.||H.E. Otunba Gbenga Daniel (Pro-Chancellor)||Chairman|
|2.||Prof. M.K Farouk (Vice Chancellor)||Member|
|3.||Hajiya M.F. Dankaka (External Member)||Member|
|4.||Mrs. R. Oba (External Member)||Member|
|5.||Chief I. Asogwa (External Council Member)||Member|
|6.||Prof. Saleh Abdu (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|7.||Dr. M.S. Saidu (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|8.||Dr. M.B. Abdullahi (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|9.||Dr. Umar Shuaibu (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|10.||Dr. Demian Tersoo Anyam (External Council Member)||Member|
|11.||Dr. Y.I. Yero (Congregation Representative on Council)||Member|
|12.||Mr. Umar Farouk Bayu (Congregation Representative on Council)|
|13.||Dr. A.A. Bafeto (Registrar)||Secretary|
GROUP PHOTOGRAPH 1ST GOVERNING COUNCIL
2ND UNIVERSITY GOVERNING COUNCIL
The second Governing Council was inaugurated on 1st March, 2016 at Idris Abdulkadir Auditorium, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, where His Excellency, Alhaji Garba Gadi was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council.
The Membership composition of the Governing Council and its committees are as follows:
|1.||H.E. Alh. G. M. Gadi (Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council)||Chairman||5th May, 2015 to 15th February, 216|
|2.||Prof. A.M. Gani (Vice Chancellor)||Member|
|3.||Prof. I.L. Bashi (External Council Member)||Member|
|4.||Dr. W. Adegbenro (External Council Member)||Member|
|5.||Engr. (Mrs.) A. Obi (External Council Member)||Member|
|6.||Dr. Demian Tersoo Anyam (External Council Member)||Member|
|7.||Dr. I. Elizabeth (Rep. of Federal Ministry of Education)||Member|
|8.||Dr. S.M. Sir (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|9.||Dr. Umar Shuaibu (Senate Representative on Council )||Member|
|10.||Dr. Dahiru Musa (Senate Representative on Council)||Member|
|11.||Dr. Yau Adamu (Congregation Representative on Council)||Member|
|12.||Mr. Muazu Mohammed (Congregation Representative on Council)||Member|
|13.||Alh. Kabiru Garba Aminu (Registrar)||Secretary|
2nd Council in a Group Photograph
FUK shall have a Vice-Chancellor who shall be the Chief executive and academic officer of the university and shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Senate. The Council shall select and appoint one candidate from among the three candidates recommended to it as Vice Chancellor following the procedures outlined in the relevant laws and thereafter inform the Visitor. The Vice Chancellor shall be a member of the Council and shall be responsible to it for managing the affairs of the university. The Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a period of five years and no more, beginning with the effective date of his appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed in his letter of appointment.
FUNCTIONS OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR
The functions of the Vice-Chancellor of the university shall be:
- To advise the Council on any matter affecting the policy, finance and administration of the university;
- To be responsible to Council for maintaining the efficiency and good order of the university and for ensuring the proper enforcement of the statutes and regulations;
- To be responsible for discipline in the Council at its next meeting and shall thereupon be deemed to be ratified unless the contrary is shown;
- To refuse to admit any person as a student where such a person does not meet the standard set by the university;
- To act on behalf of the Chancellor at any function at which degrees of the university are conferred;
- To be in charge of the execution of all projects and the rehabilitation and maintenance of facilities;
- To ensure effective and smooth handling of staff and students unions’ matters and public relations;
- To ensure smooth working relationship with the Council, National Universities Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education;
- To ensure that student matters are smoothly and orderly managed;
- To ensure that the welfare of staff and students is well provided for;
- To ensure the effective and faithful implementation of the academic and physical plans of the university;
- To ensure the preparation of contract documents based on due process for the approval of Council;
- To ensure the preparation of requisite documents for the meetings of the Council;
- To explore and exploit all possible sources of revenue for the university in collaboration with the Bursar;
- To make provision for accommodation, office space and furnishing, transportation, medical services, and utilities (water, electricity, telecommunications, and recreational facilities), and general maintenance of the university community;
- To manage the duties and responsibilities of the university’s principal officers;
- To submit for approval or ratification of the Council all staff disciplinary and promotion issues as considered by the relevant committees; and
- To update Council on all key actions of university Senate and its committees.
BRIEF ON 1ST VICE CHANCELLOR
Prof. Muhammed Kabiru Farouk
Pioneer Vice Chancellor,
Professor Mohammed Kabiru Farouk is the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Kashere [FUK]. Until his appointment in February 2011, he was a faculty Member at Florida International University, (FUI) in Miami Florida, USA.
He earned his Doctorate Degree in Education from West Virginia University, USA, in 1990.Also, he obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in education from Bayero University, Kano in 1983 and 1986 respectively.
His academic career as a teacher started at Sabuwar Kofa Primary School, Kano in 1978.Upon completion of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) assignment at the Kano State College of Education, he proceeded to Bayero University, Kano as a graduate assistant in 1984.
He was an instructor in the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA while pursuing his Doctorate Degree where he taught undergraduate and post- graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as an educational consultant in 1990.In 1991, he joined the college of Education at Florida International University, Florida, USA as an Assistant Professor
He is an active researcher and a scholar with several publications and over 51 paper presentations at local, national, and international seminars. He is very active in promoting professionalism as well as community service. He has widely traveled across Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA.
BRIEF ON 2ND VICE CHANCELLOR
Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani,
2nd Vice Chancellor
Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani, the Vice Chancellor Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, is an erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator and Leader per excellence. Born in 1959, in Dengi the present Kanam Local Gov ernment Area of Plateau State, he began his pursuit for Knowledge at the Central Primary School, Dengi, between 1966 and 1973, from where he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Pankshin and graduated with distinction at the West African School Certificate Examination in 1978. From there, he proceeded to the University of Jos for his Tertiary education and obtained his first degree with an Upper Class in Botany 1984.
After his mandatory year of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), he left the Country for England where he acquired his Masters degree in Applied Plant Sciences in 1988 from the University of London and a Certificate on Adaptive Research on Tropical Crops from the University of Southampton. He later enrolled into the Ph.D Programme at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and obtained Doctoral Degree in Plant Physiology. He was instituted into the Professional chair at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in the year 2006.
Professor Gani began his teaching career in 1978 as Primary School Teacher and later as a graduate Assistant in 1985 and rose through the ranks up to a Professor in 2006. Along his academic career, he has held several responsibilities, both academic and administrative, which combined to shape him into a thorough leader. He was at various times a Deputy Vice Chancellor (administration), Dean, Post Graduate School, Director, ATBU Consultancy Services, Director, Endowment, Pioneer Director Institute of Maritime Studies at Federal University Kashere, Chairman, Security Committee, Chairman, Botanical garden, Chairman, Herbarium Committee, Chairman, international Secondary School Management Board, Chairman, Orientation Committee, Chairman, Students Welfare Committee, all in ATBU among others.
Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani taught 16 different courses at Undergraduate level and 11 different courses at Post-graduate level. He has supervised 10 Ph D and 12 Masters in his career so far. He also examined 4 Doctorate Degrees and 15 Masters Degrees. He personally, has three Theses, 30 Conferences and Workshop Papers and over 50 Journal publications to his credit. He has also attended several administrative Workshops conferences and seminars in Nigeria and other countries of the world.
At inception of Federal University, Kashere Prof. Gani was among the team of Scholars who produced its Academic Brief. Also in recognition of his demonstration of commitment and mastery of his area of specialization, Prof. A.M Gani was invited to personally contribute to the development of the young University on Sabbatical Appointment in 2014 and later appointed the pioneer Director Institute of Maritime Studies in 2015 on leave of absence.
In his quest to spread knowledge and share experience, professor Gani underwent sabbaticals and visiting in at least 4 different Universities across the Country as well as serving on several accreditation teams of NUC.
He is a member of different professional bodies which include Botanical Society of Nigeria, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Field Society, League of Researchers in Nigeria and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Gani is a recipient of honours and awards from both National and International Organizations. Recently, the League of African Development Students (LEADS) honoured him with the LEADS Merit Award of Excellence as Africa’s Patriotic Vice Chancellor of the year, The Linnean Society of London which is a forum for Natural History at a meeting of the Society in October 2016, elected Prof. Gani as a Fellow. He also received a Certificate of International recognition by the Board of Quality Standards and was admitted as a fellow which qualify him to use the honours FBQS. He is also Fellow of African Institute of Science. He was also installed as life patron, Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) Gombe State Chapter.
Also he bagged the award of excellence and certificates of merit from his Alma-mata, the University of Jos, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) (ATBU) branch, as well as ATBU Staff School among others.
Professor Gani loves farming, gardening, traveling and reading. He is happily married with children.
DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR:
FUK shall have two Deputy Vice-Chancellor or such number of Deputy Vice-Chancellor as the Council may, from time to time, deem necessary for the proper administration of the university. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by Council based on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor approved by the Senate following the procedures outlined in the relevant laws. The tenure of office of the Deputy Vice Chancellors shall be two years beginning from the effective date of their appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in their letters of appointment; and may be re-appointed for one further period of two years and no more. The Deputy Vice Chancellors shall be members of Council and Senate.
BRIEF ON THE DVC
Prof. S.L. Kela
PROF S.L.KELA, FPPSN.
Professor S.L. Kela is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Federal University, Kashere (FUK). His appointment as the DVC, Federal University Kashere was confirmed at the 4th Regular Meeting of the University Governing Council due to the following sterling qualities he exhibited in the discharge of his duties, dedication, hard work, commitment, honesty and above all selfless service. He hails from Tanglang in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Born on the 29th of December, 1956, Prof. Kela did his early Education at Tanglang Sudan Interior Mission Primary School from 1966 to 1972 and Sudan Interior Mission later changed to Government Secondary School Billiri from 1972 to 1977. He further proceeded to the prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria from 1977 to 1982 where he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Zoology before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria from 1985 to 1988 where he obtained his M.Sc. in Veterinary Parasitology.
In his determination to get to the peak of his career and further academic pursuits, Professor Kela, embarked on his Ph.D. in 1990 and later on a voyage of discovery outside the shores of Nigeria to the University of Wale, Cardiff, United Kingdom from January, 1994 to December, 1994 for part of his Ph.D. bench work before returning to Nigeria to submit his Ph.D. thesis to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in January, 1995 but the degree was awarded in 2000 due to some administrative intrigues.
Prof. Kela has two (2) special courses accredited to him. These are certificate in Microsoft Office XP and internet skills an ICT course from the Professor Iya Abubakar Community Resource Centre, Bauchi in 2009 and certificates of attendance in Senior University Management Courses of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2004 and 2005.
Prof. Kela had also held several responsibilities in Federal University, Kashere among which is his present DVC position of the University, pioneer Director, Academic Planning Unit from 3rd September, 2012 to 2nd September, 2016 among others. He was also Director, Gombe Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), a position he held from 2011 to 2012. At ATBU, Bauchi, he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), from 2003 to 2007, Chairman, Chairman Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee from 2003 to 2007; Chairman, Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, from 2009 to 2011, Chairman, Students Welfare Board, from 2003 to 2007, Chairman, ATBU, Staff Primary School Management Board, from 2003 to 2007; Chairman, ATBU, International Secondary School Management Board, from 2003 to 2006; Coordinator (HOD), Biological Sciences Programme, from 2001 to 2003; Ag. Foundation Dean, School of Management Technology, from 2000 to 2001 and Ag. Director, Remedial and General Studies Directorate, from 1997 to 2000 among others.
It may also interest you to know that Prof. S.L. Kela, in his quest to spread knowledge and share acquired experience underwent a one year Sabbatical leave at the University of Abuja, in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Professor S.L. Kela was elevated to his current status of professor of Biological Sciences by the Senate and Council of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi in 2000 and presented his inaugural lecture on the topic “Snail and man, the struggle for existence” on the 28th August, 2003
As a dynamic, prolific and erudite scholar, Prof. Kela has contributed, co-authored and published several Journal articles and books and crowns it with a patent. He has also supervised 15 Ph.D. Students to graduation most of who are now full Professors. He has received several special awards, Honours and appointments. These include: ATBU Bauchi long Service/Merit Award, in 2008; Students’ Union Government, ATBU, Bauchi, Award, 2006; Royal Chemical Society Award for the Best Published Research Article on Plant Molluscicides in 1994, Tangale Community, Bauchi, Award for Up-lifting the Standard of Education in Tangale Land, 2000, Tangale Students Union, ATBU Bauchi, Chapter Award in 2001 and a commendation by the Vice-Chancellor, ATBU, Bauchi on behalf of the University Governing Council for his dedication and commitment that led to the success of the joint 8th and 9th convocation of the University. He is a member of several professional bodies such as African Society of Veterinary and Medical Malacology (ASVMM), Life Member, Malacological Society of the Philippines, and elevated to the status of Fellow, Parasitological and Public Health Society of Nigeria in October, 20017, among others.
He is happily married with children.
FUK shall have a Registrar appointed by Council, who shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the university and shall be responsible to the Vice Chancellor for the day-to-day administration of the university except as regards matters for which the Bursar is responsible.
The Registrar shall hold office for a period of five years beginning from the effective date of his appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in his letter of appointment; and may be re-appointed for one further period of five years and no more.
BRIEF ON PIONEER REGISTRAR
Dr. Aliyu Abubakar Bafeto
Pioneer Registrar (2011-2016)
Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Bafeto holds a Bachelors of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Masters Degree (M.sc.) and a Doctorate degree (Ph.D) in Political Economy and Development Studies, University of Abuja.
He started his working career as an Administrative Officer with the Bauchi College of Arts and Science (BACAS) in 1989. In 1992 he joined the services of University of Abuja as an Administrative Assistant and steadily rose through the ranks to the post of Deputy Registrar in 2007. He held various Administrative positions in the University including: Faculty officer, Admission Officer, Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, Public Relations Officer, Establishment Officer and Academic Secretary among others. He was appointed, Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences Jos, in 2009 and served in that capacity for two years from 2009 – 2011.
With the establishment of nine Federal Universities by the Federal Government in February, 2011, he was again called upon to serve as the founding Registrar of the new Federal University Kashere, Gombe State.
Dr. Abubakar A. Bafeto is a member of many Professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Management (MIN), Association of Nigerian University public Administrators (ANUPA), Nigerian Political Science Association (NIPSA) and the Institute of Corporate administration (ICA).
Dr. Bafeto is married with children.
BRIEF ON 2ND REGISTRAR
Alh. Kabiru Garba Aminu
Alhaji Kabiru Garba Aminu was born to the Family of Late Alhaji Garba Aminu Magajin Garin Bauchi on 21st March, 1969. The little Kabiru started his early education at Wunti Primary School between 1979 to 1982 and proceeded to Government Day Secondary School Shadawanka Army Barracks, Bauchi from 1982 to 1987.
In his yearning for Tertiary Education, Kabiru Garba Aminu joined Bauchi State Polytechnic School of Basic studies (now Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi), where he obtained I.J.M.B statement of result. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Maiduguri from 1989 – 1994. He also attended the International Institute of Journalism Abuja where he obtained Diploma Certificate in Journalism as well as certificate in Computer Studies at I.C.T.C. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU) Bauchi.
Alhaji Kabiru Garba who exhibited high sense of professionalism and dedication started his early working career as Administrative Assistant (Information and Public Relations Unit) ATBU from 1997 and rose through the ranks up to the position of Deputy Registrar (Admin and Council) in 2014. He was appointed Registrar, Bauchi State Institute of Education, Kangere from 2014 – 2016.
Alhaji Kabiru Garba Aminu is currently the Registrar, Federal University Kashere, Gombe State from 2016 to date.
The Registrar who is responsible for supervising and coordinating the affairs of the Registry as stipulated in the University Law, Conditions and Scheme of Service, also served as Chairman and Coordinator of several Committees and Associations within and outside the University, system these include: The Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Bauchi State Chapter from 2009 – 2013, Bauchi State Coordinator Public Administration and Management Development Institute as well as Secretary to the University Governing Council and other Committees in the University among others.
He is a member of several Professional bodies including, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU), Member Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Member Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA) and Fellow Public Administration and Management Development Institute.
Alhaji Kabiru Garba Aminu has attended workshops and conferences within and outside the country and has publications in TETFund Sponsored Journal of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He is also a recipient of several awards and commendation letters from different Institutions and individuals in recognition of his selfless service to humanity. He has visited several Countries comprising United Arab Emirates, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Niger and Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Kabiru Garba Aminu is happily married with Children.
FUK shall have a Bursar appointed by Council, who shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the University and shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration and control of the financial affairs of the University. The Bursar shall hold office for a period of five years beginning from the effective date of this appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in his letter of appointment; and may be re-appointed for one further period of five years and no more.
Alh. Muhammed Aliyu
Alh. Hassan Talba Gwani
Alh. Ayuba M. Gital
FUK shall have a University Librarian appointed by Council, who shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of the University Library and the coordination of all library services in the university and its campuses, colleges, faculties, schools, departments and institutes and other teaching or research units. The University Librarian shall hold office for a period of five years beginning from the effective date of appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in his letter of appointment; and may be re-appointed for one further period of five years and no more.
Dr. Abu Yusufu
DIRECTOR ACADEMIC PLANNING:
FUK shall have a Director of Academic Planning to be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to oversee the functions of the Academic Planning Department. The Director shall be responsible for harmonizing and organizing academic policies of the university in an advisory capacity to the Vice-Chancellor and other arms of the university.
PIONEER DIRECTOR ACADEMIC PLANNING
Prof. S.L. Kela
Prof. Abdulkarim Ishaq (September 2016 – June 2017)
Professor Abdulkarim Ishaq was the second Director of the APU. A Professor of Curriculum & Instruction with the Faculty of Education, University of Maiduguri. He has held several positions in the University of Maiduguri. He is married with children. He was appointed in an acting capacity during his one year sabbatical period in the FUK.
Dr. Umar Gurama (June 2017 – Present)
Dr. Gurama is the third and current Director of Academic Planning. Dr. Gurama joined the services of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi – Nigeria in 1995 as a graduate assistant. He rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2006 before his appointment as Provost/Chief Executive Officer of Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin Kowa, Gombe – Nigeria in 2009 for a period of five years. He joined the services of Federal University, Kashere as Reader on transfer of service from ATBU. He holds a PhD in Mycology and Plant Pestology. He has supervised several undergraduate and post graduate research works. His area of research interest is environmentally friendly disease control strategies and integrated disease management (IDM). He is married with three children. He was appointed as Director, Academic Planning in June, 2017.
DIRECTOR OF WORKS AND PHYSICAL PLANNING
FUK shall have a Director of Works and Physical Planning appointed by Council, who shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of the Works and Physical Planning Department. He shall be responsible for all works, services and maintenance of university facilities, and implementation of the master plan. A person appointed to the office of Director of Works and Physical Planning shall hold office for a period of five years single term from the effective date of his appointment. Bldr. Abubakar Dikko is the currently a director of Works and Physical Planning.
Pioneer Director of Works and Physical Planning
Bldr. Abubakar Dikko
2nd Director of Works and Physical Planning
DIRECTOR HEALTH SERVICES
FUK shall have a Director of Health Services appointed by Council, who shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of the Health Centre. He shall be the Chief Medical Officer of the university and shall coordinate all matters relating to the health of all staff and students. A person appointed to the office of Director of Health Services shall hold office for a period of five years single term from the effective date of his appointment. Currently, Dr. Ya’u Ahmad Kashere is the Ag. Director of Health Services.
Dr. Ya’u Ahmad Kashere
Ag. Director, Health Services
Dr. Bilal Sherif Abduallhi
Senior Medical Officer
DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS:
FUK shall have a Dean of Student Affairs who shall be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor. The Dean of Students Affairs shall coordinate Student Affairs Division. The Dean shall provide adequate support services for students in the university and shall also nurture an effective and efficient communication system between students and the university management. The present dean of Student Affairs is Dr. M.S. Askira.
Dr. M.S. Askira
Dean Student Affairs
DEANS OF FACULTIES
A dean shall supervise the everyday activities of a faculty. The Dean of a faculty shall be a professor elected by the Faculty Board and such Dean shall hold office for a term of two years. He will be eligible for re-election for another term of two years after which he may not be elected again until two years have elapsed. If there is no professor in a faculty, the Vice-Chancellor shall appoint an Acting Dean who shall not be below the rank of Senior Lecturer for the faculty who will act for a period of one year in the first instance, renewable for another one year only.