The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Uba-Adamu, has secured an appointment as a visiting professor at Kaduna State University, KASU, Kaduna State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Adamu, a Professor of Science Education and Media and Cultural Communication, had ended his single-term tenure as VC of NOUN on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Speculations were ripe that he was going back to his former place of work, Bayero University, Kano.
But a statement from the NOUN Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme, disclosed that the 65-year-old professor would be proceeding to the Kaduna varsity for a one-year sabbatical appointment.
The statement quoted the former V-C while writing in a Telegram chat group two days after his handing-over as saying: “It gives me great pleasure to let you know that I handed over the leadership of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to a newly elected Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters.
“I am now en route to my hometown, the funky town of Kano, where I will moor my ship for two weeks before sailing again to Kaduna State University (KASU) on 1st March 2021 as a Sabbatical Visitor.
“I am looking forward to meeting wonderful colleagues and fans (serious!) in that great fabulous university. The Sabbatical will last a year, inshaa Allah, and end February 29, 2022, when I go back to BUK normal.”
He used the opportunity to thank all his friends, “both known and unknown, well-wishers and colleagues who, in one way or other, supported my tenure through prayers, well-wishes and publicity.”
He added: “I was truly blessed as the only Vice-Chancellor in Nigerian (education) system with massive array of publicity tools at his beckoning.
“The massive publicity given to my tenure and exit is unparalleled in the history of the country. There were 12 of us who handed their Universities to new Vice-Chancellors between 10th and 11th February 2021 — but the mediascape was NOUN, NOUN, NOUN all the way!
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I deeply appreciate your love and concern. May Allah (SWT) reward each and everyone of you.”