By Abdul Lauya
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has approved the appointment of Prof Abdullahi Mahdi, as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the newly created Gombe State University of Science and Technology (GSUST), Kumo, Gombe State.
The appointment was contained in a single- paragraph statement issued Friday, by the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Isa Muhammed Wade.
According to the statement, Prof James Kaltho is the new Deputy Vice Chancellor, while Mallam Abdullahi Suleiman is to serve as Registrar.
Other members of the management team include Dr Henry Maina Abareh- Librarian; Mohammed S. Amadi- Bursar; Arch Ismaila Isa Kumo- Director of Works, while Mrs Halima Mohammed Bello is to serve as Deputy Registrar, Academics.
Born in December 1945 in Gwoza, Borno State, Prof Mahdi attended Warabbe Primary School, Gwoza, Government Craft School, Maiduguri, Teachers’ College Mubi and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained BA, MA and a PhD in History.
He was at various times Headmaster, 1968; Assistant Education Officer, North East 1971; Senior Lecturer, 1984; Director, NHRS, 1987; Head of Department History, 1988- 1991 and Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria from 1994- 2004.
A Fellow of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria, Mahdi is a recipient of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s award in “Environmental Management and Protection in the Islamic World” for his legendary contributions to environmental conservation and beautification of public Universities, when he held sway at ABU, Zaria and Gombe State University (GSU) respectively.
Ten years after his tenure as ABU VC, he was appointed the Pioneer VC of Gombe State University (GSU) by then Governor Muhammad Danjuma Goje, from 2004- 2014.
Four years after he returned to ABU School of Postgraduate Studies, the 64-year-old Professor of History is again called upon by Gombe State Government to pioneer GSUST.
He is expected to deploy his 20 years’ experience in University administration to transform the new institution into a citadel of excellence in Science and Technology that will meet the growing needs of the North Eastern part of the country in particular, and Nigeria in general.
Recall that GSUST was granted provisional accreditation in October 2017 by the National Universities Commission (NUC), as the 46th State owned and 154th University to run degree programmes in Nigeria