In this part of the world where many people still believe that the best way to achieve result is by cutting corners, Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma may not be accepted by all. But those who still value quality tertiary education will always hold the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in high esteem.
Known for his goal oriented approach to educational management, Professor Mainoma achievements, after just seven months at the helm of affairs at the Keffi-based state university, has continued to earn himself the respect and love of the university’s management, staff, students as well as parents and guardians.
But those who know about the Acting Vice Chancellor’s academic pedigree, his professional experience, his exposure and desire to always be an agent of positive change have never been surprised by his promises of yesterday which have become the reality of today.
Born on September 26, 1965, the young Mainoma started his education at Dunama Primary School, Lafia, and attended Government Secondary School, Miango. The amiable scholar was at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Southern University Baton Rouge, University of Pittsburgh and University College Cork, Ireland. This professor of accounting and finance is a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
He is currently a fellow of ANAN and CITN. He lectured at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for 13 years and served as commissioner for finance, Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2013.
The Vice Chancellor, in collaboration with the academic and non academic staff of NSUK, has worked assiduously to make sure that the university continually achieves its mandates, but the bar of academic excellence is being raised by Mainoma through exemplary leadership approach, the rapid addition to the infrastructure of the school and staff motivation.
‘’When I came in, in February 2014’’, the Acting Vice Chancellor informed, “one of the major constraints faced by the university was inadequacy of hostel accommodation, coupled with the near absence of houses to rent which adversely affected the number of students who accept offers of admission.
‘’We needed to appeal to stakeholders and individuals as well as the state government to help in the provision of affordable accommodation within the university community so that the institution can attract the very best students and staff alike’’.
Asked what other challenges the university is facing, Mainoma said: “Another area of concern is the issue of water scarcity which government has rescued us from by providing additional tanker in case there is failure from public supply. More so, there are also additional boreholes that were sunk even at the off campus sites.
‘’These are part of what my administration is doing. We are planning and working to achieve more results’’.
There is still more to be done in order to make NSUK one of the best universities in Africa. His words: “We still have to build on what we have on ground. We have to do more researches and contribute more to our national industrial development, the management, staff, students, government and even the parents have different roles to play so that NSUK can continue to achieve its mandate”.