Prof. Sani Abba Aliyu of Department of English and Literary Studies today took over as the new Director, Directorate of University Advancement, Ahmadu Bello University, from Prof. Ahmed D. Ibrahim who was recently elevated as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration.
A professor of Literary Studies, Aliyu (mni) was appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, in recognition of his “administrative and academic leadership qualities”.
A letter dated 13th September, 2021 conveying the appointment expressed hope that Prof. Aliyu would continue to contribute towards the upliftment of the Directorate and the University in general.
Presenting a handover note to Prof. Aliyu at the Directorate of University Advancement Board Room today, the outgone Director, Prof. Ibrahim, gave a brief on the general operations of the Directorate and urged all staff of the organization to give to the new Director the kind of support they extended to him to succeed.
In his remarks at the brief ceremony, the new Director, who thanked the outgone Director for the comprehensive handover note, said he would count on the support and cooperation of all staff of the Directorate.
Prof. Aliyu also said he had long been associated with alumni and advancement matters as he played a role in the establishment of the alumni and advancement unit (now Directorate of University Advancement) of the University.
He explained that his recent project was on the “Role of Alumni Association in National Development: A Case Study of Ahmadu Bello University”, when he was at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru near Jos between February, 2018 and December, 2018.
The new Director further said he would study the handover note and that he, staff and other stakeholders of the Directorate would work collectively to achieve the desired result.
Prof. Aliyu stressed that the University faculty chapters of the alumni must come on board to strengthen the alumni relations for the overall benefit of the institution.
Some of the Directorate’s key staff present at the brief handing-over ceremony included Head of Alumni Relations, Malam Bashir Munir Abubakar; Head of Advancement Services and Linkages, Malam Ahmed Zakaria; Administrative Secretary, Hajiya Salima B. Mohammed; Confidential Secretary to the Director, Mrs. Blessing Agumka; and Head of Accounts Unit, Malam Hafizu Yusuf.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice-Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Monday, 20th September, 2021