The Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has announced Professor Kabiru Bala as the new Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The council under the chairmanship of Malam Adamu Fika made this known at Arewa House, Kaduna where the interview and the council meeting took place.
He is to take over from the incumbent, Professor Ibrahim Garba, whose tenure would come to an end on 30th April 2020.
Prof. Bala, a professor of Building and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor as well as Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of the university was nominated among others.
With this development, the intrigues that shrouded the selection of the new helmsman of the university have come to an end.
It was revealed that eighteen (18) professors were shortlisted at the council meeting of January 6th, but were later reduced to 11.
Seven of the applicants either voluntarily withdrew or were dropped on account of age and other reasons.
Among those that were dropped on account of age, according to findings, are Professors Zakari Mohammed, Shafiu Abdullahi and Nuhu Mohammed Jamo.
Professor Musa Hassan of the university’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was dropped as he did not clock ten years as a professor.
Therefore, Professors Lawal Saidu, Veterinary Medicine; Sadiq Zubairu Abubakar, NAERLS; Kabiru Bala, Building; Ezzedeen M. Abdulrahman, Pharmacy and Abdullahi Mohammed, Pathology slugged it out at the interview.