Just recently, President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, appointed Abdullahi Alhassan Ahmed as the substantive Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa for an initial period of four years.
Mr Ahmed’s appointment is seen by many as well deserving considering his wealth of experience in the academia. He is, notably, the first indigenous rector in the entire history of the institution.
Aside from that, Mr Alhassan had served in various capacities as Academic Staff Representative to Academic Board, Head of Department, Estate Management and Valuation, Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Deputy Rector (Administration) and Acting Rector among others.
Mr Alhassan, a father of four, has bagged numerous awards before his recent appointment which is another well-deserved feather to his cap.
He is an alumnus of Nasarawa State University, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and Kaduna State Polytechnic amongst others. His academic qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science), Master of Philosophy MPhil in Geography (Environmental Resource Management), Master of Science (Land Resource Admin), to mention but a few.
The new Rector’s academic pedigree and administrative prowess leaves no one in doubt, especially as his close associates have always described him as academic cum administrator with a Midas touch.
It is, therefore, expected that in the next few years, Mr Alhassan would surely justify the confidence reposed in him by President Buhari to catapult the institution into greatness.
He should get himself busy with the business of boosting the academic standard of the institution, promoting manpower development through research, upgrading of laboratories as well as attracting a Public-private-partnership in the area of hostel accommodation provision within the campus.