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Kebbi varsity gets new VC, Zaiyan-Umar

The governing council of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi has appointed Prof. Muhammad Zaiyan-Umar, as the new Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Zaiyan-Umar is taking over from outgoing Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bello Bala-Shehu, whose tenure of five years ends on December 3.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the council, Prof. Funmi Togonu-Bickersteth, announced the appointment while briefing newsmen after its 25th meeting held in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.


“As you may be aware, the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor ends on December 3, 2022.

“The governing council at its 25th meeting held from Monday to Thursday, approved the appointment of Zaiyan-Umar as the new VC,” she said.

The pro-chancellor said that the approval was sequel to the advertisement in the national dailies and the subsequent interview by the council.

Zaiyan-Umar is the immediate past deputy Vice-Chancellor, Sokoto State University, and he is a Professor of Political Science at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.


He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Open and Distance Education at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Zaiyan-Umar was at various times, the acting Head of Department of Political Science, deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, as well as the Dean of Postgraduate School at UDUS.

He is also a Fulbright Fellow who has served at the University of Washington, Seattle, United States, between 1988 and 1999.


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