By Felix Khanoba
The only public university in the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), University of Abuja (UniAbuja), has announced the appointment of Mallam Rufai Ahmed Babba as its new bursar.
UniAbuja’s Governing Council made the appointment known during its 47th extra- ordinary meeting held recently after deliberating on the recommendation of the University Selection Board which had interacted with applicants for the post and recommended Babba from a shortlist of 19 applicants.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY by the University’s Deputy Registrar in charge of Information, Waziri Garba, quoted the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Michael Adikwu, as saying that the appointment of the bursar, which was in line with the University Decree number 106 of 1992 as amended by Decree number 11 of 1993, was for a term of five years.
Rufai, who was born in Gurin, Adamawa State on 31st December 1964, until his new appointment was a deputy bursar with the University of Maiduguri.
The new bursar graduated with a B.Sc in Accountancy from the University of Maiduguri in 1990 and holds an MBA (Finance) from the same institution in 2003.
He started his career as an Accountant II with the Bursary Department Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1991 rising to Accountant 1 in 1998.
Rufai later joined the service of the University of Maiduguri as a Senior Accountant in the year 2001 after a stint in the private sector and remained with the University rising through the ranks until his recent appointment.
He is a member of many professional bodies including an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and member Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) London. He is married with seven children.