The outgoing Vice Chancellor, Federal University Gashua in Yobe state Professor Andrew Haruna has disclosed that he had a successful tenure and contributed his quota towards the development of the newly established institution without being stoned as his reward.
Prof. Haruna who spoke at a press conference to bid farewell to academic and non-academic staff as well as the students of the institution explained that he started his life career as shoe shiner at Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
He said during his five-year tenure, “18 programmes have attained full accreditation and 5 have gained interim accreditation. The National University Commission has approved 53 programmes for resource verification.
“328 academic staff and 341 non-academic staff including administrative, technical staff were employed. We sent 49 academic staff on study fellowship abroad and 73 on study leave within the country, a total of 122 staff are on post graduate training.
“I am happily leaving the University with an increase of over 100 per cent addition of courses and I thanked God I was not stoned.”
The Professor further said the open door policy by the Royal Fathers in the state had assisted remarkably in achieving his successeses and that he was conferred eight traditional titles.
He will be handing over to Prof. Maimuna Waziri, the current deputy Vice Chancellor Academics who was recently appointed out of the 48 professors that vied for the position.