UniAbuja gets new deputy vice chancellors

The governing council of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) at its 50th extra-ordinary meeting on Tuesday February 19, 2019, has approved the appointments of Professor Clement Barikuma Innocent Alawa and Professor Sani Muhammad Adam as deputy vice chancellors (academic and administration) respectively.

 A statement by the registrar, Mrs. Rifkatu Hoshen Swanta said the approval followed their election by the Senate of the university at its 59th extra-ordinary meeting held on Thursday  February 14, 2019, and that their appointments were effective from February 19, 2019, for a period of two years in the first instance.

The new deputy vice chancellor (academic), a professor of Animal Production was born on  January 11, 1961 in Bodo-Ogoni, Rivers state. A graduate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1988, Professor Alawa holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in Animal Science from the same university in 1994 and 2003 respectively.

Professor Alawa started his career as an Assistant Research Fellow at the National Animal Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Shika, Zaria, between 1989 and 1994, where he rose to the rank of Principal Research Fellow in 2006 and became Professor in 2009. He was also at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, where he spent his Fulbright Fellowship year between 2001 and 2002 before joining UniAbuja in 2013.

In the course of his career, Professor Alawa has had over 70 publications to his credit, which include articles in local and foreign journals, chapters in books in addition to papers he presented in conferences he attended locally and abroad. He has also served on several committees both at ABU and UniAbuja, which include chairmanship of the University of Abuja Convocation Planning Committee and Research Grant Committee, amongst others.

Professor Alawa who had worked on several internationally funded research projects such as the NAPRI-IDRC (Canada); Survey of Ethnoveterinary Practices of Agro pastoralists in Nigeria (1996-2000) and the NAPRI-IAEA Project on Development and Evaluation of Animal Feed Supplementation Packages (1996-2000), is currently working on collaborative research with Professor Jessica Rothman and Dr. Sagan Friant of Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.

Professor Alawa who was, until his appointment, a member of the University of Abuja Governing Council and a member of many professional bodies, including the College of Veterinary Surgeon in Nigeria, where he became a Fellow in 2014. He was the immediate past Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and also doubled as Deputy Dean as well as the Head, Department of Animal Health and Production between August 2014 and November 2016. 

The new deputy vice chancellor, (administration), Professor Sani Muhammad Adam, was born on March 2, 1966 in Jos.  He graduated from Bayero University, Kano (BUK) in 1991 with a Bachelor of Laws degree and holds a master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Jos in 1996 and 2006.

Sani Adam, a professor of Environmental Law, started his career at the University of Jos. He  joined UniAbuja in 2008 but left the university to take up appointment as the pioneer Dean of Law, Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, in 2014. He returned to the University of Abuja after a successful tenure at the police academy in May 2018.

The new deputy vice chancellor (administration) who has about 100 publications to his credit has supervised LLB, LLM and PhD projects and dissertations in addition to papers he presented in conferences. He has assessed professorial papers and has served as external assessor to the National Defence College, Abuja, and also drafted and updated the EFCC Academy Curriculum in 2017.

Professor Adam is a member of many professional bodies, which include the Nigeria Bar Association and the International Bar Association amongst others. He was former Head, Department of Private and Islamic Law and the faculty representative to the Senate.

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