The Governing Council of the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Lafia, Nasarawa State has appointed Professor Shehu Abdul-Rahman as the new vice-chancellor of the institution.
Professor Abdul-Rahman, who, until his appointment, was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia).
He emerged as the best candidate from a list of 43 people who contested for the position of vice-chancellor.
His appointment was announced on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, during the 5th Regular Meeting of the Governing Council of FULafia.
The appointment of Abdul-Rahman was sequel to a thorough process that was carried out in accordance with the University Miscellaneous Amendment Act, 1993 and a consideration of the report of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board.
Abdul-Rahman would succeed Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, whose tenure as the vice-chancellor comes to an end on February 10, 2021.
Professor Abdul-Rahman would be occupying the office of the vice-chancellor for the second time as he was formerly the vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Gashua, Yobe State before his tenure was truncated by the President Muhammad Buhari-led administration in 2016.
The newly appointed vice-chancellor joined the services of the Federal University of Lafia from the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) in 2019.
Professor Abdul-Rahman has also served as a dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, in Nasarawa State University Keffi, (NSUK) as well as a deputy vice-chancellor there.
Abdul-Rahman is a professor of Agricultural economics.
He hails from Umaisha, in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
He obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in 1993, M.Sc. Agric. Economics in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Agric. Economics in 2001, all from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
His working experience spans from Assistant Lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1994 to a full Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi in 2008 at the age of 40.
He has served in various capacities rendering administrative and community development services in addition to teaching and research.
His research activities produced over one hundred (100) publications in both National and International Journals of repute. He has presented over sixty five (65) papers at various seminars, workshops and conferences.
He has served as a consultant to Gesellschaft fur Technsche Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)(German Technical Agency) and World Bank.
He has taught in the fields of Agricultural production Economics, Farm Management Economics, Econometrics and Statistics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Nasarawa State University, Keffi and Federal University of Lafia; and has been an External Examiner of both undergraduate and postgraduate students at various Universities in Nigeria.
He has served as External Assessor of twenty four (24) candidates for promotion to Professorial positions in various Nigerian Universities.
He was the Chairman of Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities for two years (May, 2010- May, 2012). He has also served in the university system as Chairman of over twenty (20) Committees and Member of over thirty (30) Committees.
In recognition of his involvement in many cultural and developmental activities in Umaisha Chiefdom he was turbaned as Shetima of Opanda on the 31st December, 2011.
He is a Fellow of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (FNAAE), Fellow of Horticultural Society of Nigeria (FHORTSON) and Fellow of African Scientific Institute (FASI).