Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani
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 Government 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 between 1980 to 1984.
After his mandatory Youth Service, 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 of 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 reader in 2006 before finally becoming a professor. 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 (FUK), 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 4 Ph.Ds and 9 Masters in his career as a tutor, as well as supervised 3 Doctorate degrees and 9 Masters Degrees as an external examiner. He personally, has three Theses, 15 Conferences and Workshop Papers and 24 Journal publications to his credit. He has also attended 6 administrative Workshops.
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 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 the accreditation team 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 linear Society of London which is a forum for Natural History at 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 admitted as a fellow which qualities him to use the honours FBQS. He was installed as life patron, Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) Gombe State Chapter.
He also bagged 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.