By; SANI ALIYU Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Governing Council has confirmed the Senate elections of Prof Sadiq Zubair Abubakar and Prof Danladi Amodu Ameh as Deputy Vice-Chancellors.
Prof Abubakar was elected as Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration while Prof Ameh as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic.
A special bulletin of the University dated 20th June, 2019 said, the six newly elected internal council members by the congregation and Senate to replace the out going members whose tenure expired has been inaugurated.
The new Deputy Vice-Chancellors, internal council members emerged 2019 while the Senate election through which the other four members that came on board was held on Thursday, 14 June, 2019.
According to the bulletin, those elected through the congregation are Prof. Kawu Mohammed Umaru and Dr Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, while Prof M K Othman, Prof Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, Prof A A Tijjani and Prof Abubakar Aliyu Liman were elected from the Senate.
The council, at its 182 meeting held on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, considered the report and recommendation of the Joint Council/Senate Selection Board for the appointment of Deputy Vice Chancellor’s.
The emergence of Professors Abubakar and Ameh followed their nomination by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ibrahim Garba, for the two positions at the Senate meeting held on Thursday, 30 May, 2019. Prof Sadiq Zubair Abubakar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration
Prof Sadiq Zubair Abubakar, a Professor of Agricultural and bio-resource Engineering with specialization in irrigation system design, development and
He joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University in 1988 as Assistant Lecturer and Extension Specialist.
He was posted to National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) but attached to Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) and Department of Agric & Bio-resource Engineering.
Shortly after his graduation from the University with Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural, Second Class Upper) in 1987.
Abubakar, an indigene of Kano State born 57 years ago, obtained his MSc and PhD all in agricultural and bio-resource engineering in 1992 and 2002 respectively.
He was appointed to a Professorial rank in agricultural and bio-resource engineering in 2005 and obtained a number of postgraduate diplomas from International Institute for Soil and Water Management, Agric Research Organization (ARO), Tel-aviv, Israel, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture and Development (CIRAD), Montpellier, France; Institute For Agricultural Development, Tsukuba; Tokyo International Centre, Japan; MANAGE Institute, Hyderabad, India, AFRACA, Kenya; and Massachusetts Institute of
Prof Abubakar has been actively involved in the conduct of applied research, promotion of improved technologies and practices, development and production of extension support materials, provision of support services, capacity building of diverse clients including field extension staff and managers, as well as farmers among others nationwide.
His administrative experience included serving as HOD, Agric and Bioresource as well as Agric Engineering and Irrigation Research Program all in NAERLS from 1996 to 2000.
Officer-in-Charge of Agric Extension Service Delivery for North-west Agro-Ecological Zone from 2000 to 2004; Deputy Director, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) from 2004 to 2008; Executive Director, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services.
Professor Danladi Amodu Ameh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Prof Danladi Amodu Ameh, born in Inye in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State 63 years ago, is a professor of nutritional and medical chemistry, joined the services of the University in 1983 on transfer of service from National Institute for Trypanasomiasis Research (NITR), Vom, Jos where he briefly worked as a research officer.
Ameh graduated with Bsc Biochemistry with Second Class Upper Division from Ahmadu Bello University in 1977; and in 1981 he got his MSc also in biochemistry from the same University. Prof Ameh was at the University of Alberta, Edmonton where he bagged his PhD still in biochemistry in 1991. Ameh, a Canadian Commonwealth scholar, held a number of administrative positions including Head of Department, Biochemistry, Acting Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science (now Faculty of Life Sciences) member, Standing Committee, Faculty of Science; member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Medicine; andmember, Governing Board, School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua.
Prof Ameh, who has to his credit a total of 71 academic publications in journals, conference proceedings, books, and conference papers, serves as a reviewer to the following journals: Journal of Tropical Biosciences, Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences, Journal of Leather and Chemical Technology and Nigerian Journal of Scientific Research.
This is in addition to being member, Science Association of Nigeria; member, Nutritional Society of Nigeria; fellow, Biochemical Society of Nigeria (now called Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); member, National Institute of Food Science and Technology of Nigeria; and fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration.
As part of his community service, Prof Ameh was member, NUC Accreditation Panel for the 1999 Accreditation of Nigerian Universities; zonalcoordinator, Northwest Zone Nigeria Food Consumption and Nutrition Survey 2001.
He participated in the Situation Analysis of the Nutrition of Women and Children in the UNICEF Zone D (North-east) in 1998/99; and a participant of the Workshop of Experts organized by the National Planning Commission to fine-tune the National Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition Programme in Nigeria in 1999.
Prof Ameh, was known for his research effort at the Department of Biochemistry, has vast research and extension experience since his days at the University of Alberta as a PhD student where he conducted a research on the influence of bacterial endotoxins on intestinal amino acid metabolism.
He is currently into research in medicinal plants for the treatment of trypanosomiasis and diabetes as well as research in toxicological
evaluation of protein-rich plant products that are not
conventionally eaten for possible utilization.