ABU Governing Council Appoints Substative Registrar, Bursar



The Governing Council of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria has approved the appointments of Malam Rabiu Samaila as the substantive Registrar for the Institution and Malam Mohammed Bello Aminu Gurin as the institution’s substantive Bursar. 

A statement issued by the Director Public Affairs Directorate, Malam Auwalu Umar said both appointments take effect from when they assume duties and each of them is to serve for a one-term period of five years. 

The appointments of the two principal officers of the University, according to the Institution’s Ag. Registrar, Malam Alhassan Garba, followed consideration of the report and recommendation of the Joint Council/Senate Selection Board at the Council’s 196th (Special) Meeting held on  Friday, 17th September, 2021. 

The Council’s approval is for the appointments was in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 6 (1) of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 1993, as amended. 

“In a letter dated 17th September, 2021 to each of the appointees conveying the appointment, the Ag. Registrar congratulated and wished them all the best”. 

Until his appointment, the new Registrar, he was the Deputy Registrar, Human Resources Development Department.

He served as the Ag. Registrar and Secretary to Council of the University on two occasions: December, 2014 – September, 2015 and February – June, 2016. 

Born in Tudun Wada, Zaria, Kaduna State on 1st September, 1964, Malam Rabiu Samaila graduated with B.A. (Combined Honours) in History and Political Science with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of History, Ahmadu Bello University in 1987.

He also obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the Department of Public Administration, Ahmadu Bello University in 2011.

 The new Registrar joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University as an Administrative Assistant in the Registry Department on 29th March, 1989 and rose through the ranks to the position of Deputy Registrar on 1st October, 2006. 

In the course of his career, he served in different parts of the University, namely: School of Postgraduate Studies, Institute of Education, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring, Vice-Chancellor’s Office and Human Resources Development Department, where he headed and was directly responsible to the Registrar since 2011. 

Samaila is a member of many professional bodies such as Association of University Administrators (UK), Association of Common-Wealth Universities’ Human Resources in Higher Education Community, and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

This is an addition to being a Licensed Human Resource Professional. Until his appointment, the newly appointed Bursar for the University, Malam Mohammed Bello Aminu Gurin was the serving Bursar, Federal University, Gashua on secondment from Ahmadu Bello University. 

He started working as an Assistant Chief Clerical Officer (Accounts) in Ahmadu Bello University on 6th June, 1988 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Bursar. Born in Gurin town in Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State on 16th February, 1964, the new Bursar holds a degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, where he graduated in 1995. 

A member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), the new Bursar had at different times worked with the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) from 1996 to 1999 and Common Wealth Manufacturing Company Limited, Abuja between 2009 and 2010. 


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