The vice chancellor of Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba, Professor Mohammed Sanni Abdulkadir, has been elected the secretary-general of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU).
Abdulkadir was unanimously elected by all the heads of universities in the West African Sub-region during the 7th Conference and 9th general meeting of the association, held recently at the Univerisite d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC), in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The deputy governor of Kogi state, Chief Edward Onoja, in a congratulatory message to the vice chancellor , attributed his emergence as secretary-general of the sub-regional body to “hardwork and commitment” to duty.
The deputy governor described Abdulkadir as “a tested administrator and an academic of high repute”, assuring that the new secretary-general would bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment.
Also, a cross-section of the university community while reacting to the development, expressed delight at the election of their vice chancellor as the secretary-general of AWAU, describing it as a great honour to Kogi state university.
Both staff and students of the university assured Professor Abdulkadir of their support to ensure that his tenure witness a huge success.
Meanwhile, Professor Abdulkadir thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him by the election, assuring them that the trust would not be misplaced.
The election of Abdulkadir to this exalted position has added to the long list of recognition, honour, and awards earned by the vice chancellor in the last few years.
They include the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) award, conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari in recognition of his outstanding performance in Kogi State University and in the academia.
The VC was also conferred with the prestigious member of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (MNAL); an Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Security and Safety by the Association of Heads of Security of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria; a Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University-United Kingdom; and a Life Member, Clare Hall Cambridge University, United Kingdom.