The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim A. Njodi on Wednesday presented an appointment letter to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, as the Chancellor of the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was accompanied by Principal Officers and other top management staff of the University, made the presentation to the monarch at his palace when he paid him a courtesy call in Oyo State.
He 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 across eleven faculties, a College of Medical Sciences and the University’s seven specialized research and development centres.
He further informed the Oba that the institution has more than three thousand senior and junior academic and non-academic staff.
Professor Njodi categorically 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.
While noting that the university’s cordial relationship with its stakeholders has attracted enormous goodwill for the University, told the Chancellor that the University will be forty years since its establishment at the end of this year.
He maintained 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, which he said will be used for the investiture of the Oba as the Chancellor of the University.
In his response, 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.
He noted that university administration is not something new to him as he had 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.