Prof. Babagana Zulum, Borno state Governor elect has applauded the re-appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) for the second term tenure.
Zulum appealed to the university community and stakeholders to be careful of the position of the university as Center of academic excellence and to cooperate with whomever emerged as the leader of the institution to avoid conflict or misunderstanding.
The Governor elect, who made this known yesterday in a statement, advised all and sundry to embrace peace, unity and progress in the interest of the university while reminding the stakeholders of the reasons behind the establishment of the university by the Federal Government.
“I humbly write as a key stakeholder of the institution to add voice to the ongoing controversy surrounding the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of our revered university. Let me remind us that the university is an educational system where high level manpower is trained for socio-economic and political growth of the country.
“As such, the leadership plays an invaluable role in achieving such academic excellence in areas of knowledge acquisition, provision of functional, technical and scientific skills and competencies necessary to societal growth and development.
“It is in view of this eminent position of the Universities that the Federal Government emphatically spelt out the goals of tertiary education in National Policy on Education,” Zulum stated.