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Prof Maikudi Takes Over As New VC, Promises To Add Value To Uniabuja

By Muhammad B. Muhammad

A renowned professor of International Law, University of Abuja, Aisha Sani Maikudi, has been taking over acting vice-chancellor of the University. 

She was appointed last week following her nomination at the valedictory Senate meeting held yesterday (Wednesday 26th June 2024) on the Main campus.

Maikudi takes over from Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah whose tenure ended on 30th June 2024  after a five-year stewardship at the University. 

At an event which held at the university on Monday, Prof Maikudi promised commitment to service delivery to take the university to greater heights. 

She vowed to consolidate and extend further on the gains so far achieved by the outgone VC in the areas of staff and students welfare among others. 

“It is with profound humility and a deep sense of responsibility that I stand before you today as the Acting Vice Chancellor of this esteemed institution. I am honored to accept this role and to build upon the outstanding work of my predecessor, whose leadership has guided us through many significant milestones.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah our outgoing Vice Chancellor, whose leadership and vision have guided us to where we stand today. Your tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to the university have laid a solid foundation for us to build upon, and for that, we are deeply grateful.

“Our university is a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and community engagement. Each member of our academic family, from faculty and staff to students and alumni, plays an essential role in sustaining and enhancing our mission. Together, we have cultivated an environment that fosters intellectual growth, creative exploration, and the pursuit of excellence.

“I am pleased to inform you that the University Governing Council will be inaugurated on Thursday 04 July 2024. I believe that this development will bring an end to the impasse we have been experiencing. With the Governing Council in place, I am confident that we will soon see a return to normalcy, allowing us to focus on our primary mission of education and research.

“As we embark on this new chapter, I am committed to upholding the values that define our university. My priorities will include: Academic Excellence: Ensuring that our programs continue to meet the highest standards of quality and rigor, while also adapting to the evolving needs of our students and society.

“Research and Innovation: Supporting our faculty and students in their groundbreaking research endeavors, and fostering an environment where innovative ideas can thrive.

“Student Success: Prioritizing the well-being and development of our students, providing them with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed both academically and personally.

“Staff Welfare: Recognizing the critical role our staff play in the success of our university, I am committed to ensuring their welfare. This includes providing a supportive and rewarding work environment, opportunities for professional development, and addressing their concerns promptly and effectively.

“Community Engagement: Strengthening our ties with local, national, and global communities, and reinforcing our commitment to social responsibility and public service.

“Inclusivity and Diversity: Promoting a campus culture that values and respects diversity, ensuring that everyone feels included and empowered to contribute to our collective success.

“I am deeply aware of the challenges we face, but I am equally confident in our collective ability to overcome them. Our strength lies in our unity and our shared dedication to the principles of education and research. I encourage each of you to continue to bring your passion, ideas, and energy to our university, as we navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead.

“Thank you for your trust and support. I look forward to working closely with all of you to advance our mission and to write the next chapter of our university’s distinguished history.

“Together, we will continue to inspire and be inspired, to challenge and be challenged, and to strive for the extraordinary,” she said.

Earlier in his remarks, the outgone VC, Prof Na’Allah thanks God for the opportunity to lead University of Abuja as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer for five years.

He described his tenure as the years of excitement, great chance to work together and raise the banners of the great UofA of Nigeria, as University for National Unity.

“I have no doubt that the University of Abuja would continue to achieve its destiny of greatness and nothing and no one would take it backward,” he said.

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