The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has appointed Professor Yahaya Zakari Abdullahi, a lecturer from the Department of Economics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto as the new Vice-Chancellor for Zamfara State University.
This was announced in a statement signed by the State Special Adviser Directorate for Higher Education, Hon. Abdullahi Muhammad Gurbin Bore.
The appointment, which shall take effect from Thursday the 11th of February 2021, will follow the movement of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the school to his new station at Federal University Gusau (FUG) as the university’s Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Yahaya, who hails from Gusau, is 50-years-old and holds a PhD in Development Economics from Shiga University, Japan. He has been a Professor of Development Economics since 2012 who has been lecturing in the university for 25 years now. He has occupied several administrative and organisational positions which include Deputy Director, Directorate of Examination and Registration, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS); Head of Department, Economics, Federal University Gusau (FUG); Director, Division of General Studies, Federal University Gusau (FUG); Chairman, University Staff Disciplinary Committee, FUG; Chairman, Governing Council Committee on Staffing Structure, FUG; Team Leader, Federal University Gusau-Zamfara State Government Relations Committee, FUG; Chairman, Library Development Board, FUG; and Ag. Vice-Chancellor, FUG among others.
Additionally, he has served as a consultant at RTI/USAID, World Bank/Fadama III Project, and DFID/Women for Health (W4H). He is currently a member of the Zamfara State Economic Management Team; Vice-Chairman, Zamfara Strategy and Development Committee, and Team Leader for Zamfara State’s non-oil export agenda in the National Committee on Export Promotion (NCEP).
He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and the Japan Society for International Development (JASID). Also, he has more than 40 scholarly publications in his name and more than 80 administrative and organisational experiences to his credit. Professor Yahaya has mentored many younger colleagues and supervised more than 40 MSc and 15 PhD candidates. Finally, he is the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Gusau.
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