Byk; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Dr. Mohammed Auwalu Haruna has been appointed Director, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Centre for Economics and Finance, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU, Zaria.
Until his appointment, the new Director was the Head of Department, Banking and Finance, Ahmadu Bello University.
The appointment was approved by CBN Governor, Godwin I. Emefiele in a letter dated September 28, 2020.
Dr. Haruna’s “appointment is for an initial period of three years, inclusive of a probational period of the first year after which, subject to your satisfactory performance, your appointment shall be confirmed.”
The letter copied to the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabir Bala, also said the duration was from 1st October, 2020 to 30th September, 2023.
It also said the appointment might, at the instance of the bank, be renewed for an additional period of two years.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in August last year unveiled the Centre built and domiciled at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The three first generation Federal Universities in the country across the six geo-political zones were selected under the first phase of the intervention programme.
They are Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Ibadan and University of Nsukka.
The project, according to the apex bank, was conceived to produce critical mass skilled professionals that would be able to apply their knowledge towards supporting growth and continued innovation in the country’s financial sector and the economy in general.
Accepting the offer of appointment, the Director, Dr. Mohammed Auwalu Haruna explained that Ahmadu Bello University is expected to lead the growth of the professional programmes to the level of those run by the Harvard University because the apex bank has great hope in ABU.