BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
The Vice-Chancellor UNIMAID Prof. Ibrahim A. Njodi has presented to Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo his appointment letter as the Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri.
He made the presentation to the Oba at the Oba’s palace when he paid him a courtesy call in Oyo State Wednesday.
Accompanied by Principal Officers and other top management staff of the University, the Vice-Chancellor informed the Oba that the University of Maiduguri which took off in 1976 with just about three hundred students in three Faculties now has an enrolment of over forty thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and non regular students spread over eleven Faculties, a College of Medical Sciences and the University’s seven specialised research and development centres.
The University he further informed the Oba has more than three thousand senior and junior academic and non-academic staff.
Professor Ibrahim Njodi further told the Chancellor that the University of Maiduguri has always enjoyed industrial harmony between management and labour unions on campus as well as mutual understanding between management and students despite the security challenges in the North East.
The university’s cordial relationship with it’s stakeholders he further said has attracted enormous goodwill for the University.
Njodi then hinted to the Chancellor that the University will be forty years since it’s establishment at the end of this year and stated that the University Management intends to celebrate the enormous though modest achievements attained over the years along with the 22nd combined convocation ceremony of the University.
The occasion he also said will be used for the investiture of the Oba as the Chancellor of the University.
Responding, Oba (Dr) Abdul-Hamid Olayiwola Adeyemi III thanked the Federal Government for finding him worthy of being Chancellor to the University of Maiduguri and assured that he will do everything possible within his powers to ensure that the University is globally recognised in all its fields of human endeavours.
University administration he said is not something new to him as he has been the founding Chancellor of the Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto and will therefore use his vast experience in ensuring that the University of Maiduguri gains from his wealth of experience.