TORRENTS OF ENCOMIUMS AS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES PROFESSOR MAITURARE

It was torrents of encomiums at a send off organised by the Alumni Association of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai for the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare.

Speaking at the event which was organised in conjunction with the University’s Students Union Government(SUG) and the National Association of Niger State Students(NANISS), the Council Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Kudu Santuraki, represented by Engr. Inuwa Musa Kuta, described Professor Maiturare as a leader who motivates others to get what he wanted.

He said being a good leader, the outgoing Vice Chancellor took his time to groom those behind him for good leadership, adding that where such type of people were lacking, moulding successors becomes illusive.

In his welcome address, the Alumni President, Comrade Umar Saba Baba said the event was organised to celebrate the life and successful tenure of the amiable gentleman in person of Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare.

He pointed out that the outgoing Vice Chancellor’s achievements over the past five years were breath taking, saying that he was leaving a very big shoes behind to be stepped into by his successor.

Comrade Saba Baba said the efforts of Professor Maiturare has made the University one of the most sought after in terms of teaching and learning.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Professor Mohammad Yakubu Auna commended the alumni for organising the event, saying the outgoing Vice Chancellor made the association very active in the University.

Professor Auna who is the Provost of the State College of Education, Minna urged the leadership of the Alumni Association to write its name in gold by doing its best for the University.

The Provost prayed for Professor Maiturare to continue to maintain his humility and hard work, and do his best wherever he went.

In their separate remarks, the Presidents of the Students Union Government(SUG), Comrade Idris Baba Alhaji, and the National Association of Niger State Students(NANISS), Comrade Sallah Mohammed Abdullahi described Professor Maiturare as a leader to be trusted, and thanked him for being there for them when they needed him.

Presenting a paper, titled, “Mutual Benefit Between Tertiary Institutions and their Host Communities:A Case of IBB University, Lapai”, the Special Guest of Honour, Engr. Abdullah Isah Jankara observed that the presence of the University in Lapai town has created a lot of advantages for the community.

He described the outgoing Vice Chancellor as an agent of positive change in the state, stressing that he, it was who, triggered the seach for oil in the Bida basin, and that as a warrior, he came, saw and conquered.

Also in his paper, titled, “Sustainable Development: A Giant Strides of Maiturare”, the Deputy Registrar of Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru, Malam Saidu Mahmud Kpako said IBB University has witnessed a lot of sustainable developments under the leadership of Professor Maiturare who he described as a champion of development.

He maintained that the University was lucky to have the outgoing Vice Chancellor who laid the foundation for a sustainable development that is acceptable to all, stressing further that he sustained what he met and added more.

Responding, the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare expressed delight for the show of love by the associations in the University.

He went down memory lane that at his assumption of office five years ago, he did promised to work with an open mind in order to achieve a lot, adding that a lot still needed to be done to take the institution to the promised land.

He enjoined the associations to accord his successor the co-operation and support he enjoyed during his tenure.

In a vote of thanks, the Dean of Students, Dr. Is’aq Ma’ali thanked the Alumni Association for organising the event to honour the outgoing Vice Chancellor who he described as a gold getter.

He noted the Professor Maiturare would be remembered as an accomplished team leader who has impacted a lot on the lives of many.

Highlights of the occasion included presentation of poems and songs on the celebrant, and also certificates of credence and other gifts.

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