Buhari re-appoints Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

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Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was appointed Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

According to Online Sources, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu announced the appointment of Prof. Attahiru Jega

Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, a Nigerian scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University in Kano, was born on January 11, 1957. He was nominated as the next Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by then-President Goodluck Jonathan on 8 June 2010, subject to Senate approval, to succeed Professor Maurice Iwu, who resigned the position on 28 April 2010. Jega is the only INEC chairman to have presided over two general elections in Nigeria (2011 and 2015). Jega stepped down on 30 June 2015, turning up his post to Amina Zakari, as per President Muhammadu Buhari’s instruction.

Prof Anthony Anwuka and Udoma Udo Udoma, both former ministers, were also named chairmen of governing bodies.

Udoma will chair the council of Bayero University in Kano, while Anwuka will chair the council of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun, Delta State.

Both Udoma and Anwuka were ministers during Buhari’s first term.

Other Chairmen of Councils are Prof Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo, University Of Abuja; Malam Adamu Fika, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; Dr. Sonny Kuku, University Of Benin; Chief Ikechi Emenike, University Of Nigeria; Nsukka and Ballama Manu, University Of Maiduguri.

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Buhari has already approved the appointment of 43 traditional rulers as chancellors of federal universities and inter-university centers, according to reports

Adamu said: “As royal fathers, these chancellors are expected to be the moral compass of the various universities to which they are assigned. They have been taken from their kingdoms and primary constituencies to other kingdoms and these appointments are expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.

“Let me reiterate that the chancellors shall be presented to the university community at an investiture ceremony to be organised by the university for the purpose; or during the next convocation ceremony when the investiture will precede the conferment of degrees at convocation.”

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