Nasarawa State University Gets Substantive VC
At the expiration of the tenure of the former Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi Professor Muhammad Mainoma Akaro, the search light for a well qualified gentleman, both in character and in Knowledge, to paddle the canoe of the University became imperative.
This became necessary owing the fact that the university was on the verge of being shipwrecked by the storm of the moment.
This desperate searchlight fell on the person of Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed.
Suleiman Bala Mohammed, a Professor of Political Sociology and Development, was then appointed the Acting Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi on the 8th of October, 2018, by the Governor of Nasarawa State and Visitor to Nasarawa State University, Keffi, His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Having scored high points as Acting Vice Chancellor of the Fast growing State University, there was no need for an oracle to divine the confirmation of this great gentleman as the substantive VC by the Visitor to the university and the number one man of the state. And so it written and done with effect from 3rd April, 2019.
Born on the March 5, 1963 in Laminga, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Prof. S. B. Suleiman attended Senior Primary School, Laminga from 1970 to 1976. On completion of his primary education in 1976, he proceeded to Government Secondary School Nasarawa for his Senior School Certificate which he got in 1981.
His quest for higher education led him to the School of Preliminary Studies (SPS), Keffi from 1981 to 1984. And in 1984, his brilliance and undying zeal for intellectual development saw him admitted into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.
Between 1990 and 2001, he was a postgraduate student at the University of Jos, where he bagged Master of Science Degree (M.Sc. Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. Sociology) in 1994 and 2001, respectively. Prof. Mohammed also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna and in 2010, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) issued him with a Certificate of Registration.
A complete and dedicated teacher, the Acting Vice Chancellor began his teaching career while undergoing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1987 at GSS Kaiama, Kwara State. On completion of the one year national service, he joined the School of Preliminary Studies, Keffi in 1988 as a Lecturer. He later transferred his services to the University of Abuja in 1996 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Political Sociology and Development in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja in 2011.
Within this period, Prof. S. B. Mohammed held several administrative positions, garnering a lot of experiences over time. He was a Post-Graduate (2004 – 2006), Member, University of Abuja Governing Council (2005 – 2011), Member, University of Abuja Senate (2007 – 2013), Dean, Student Affairs Division (2007 – 2009) and Member, University Management (2007 – 2009).
Between 2009 and 2011, he was the Acting Director, Center for Asian Studies of the University of Abuja, Acting Head of Department, Sociology (2011 – 2013), Director, Institute of Legislative Studies, (ILS) (2014 – 2016) and Head, Department of Sociology from 2016 until his appointment as the Acting Vice Chancellor of NSUK.
Prof. S. B. Mohammed has similarly discharged enough responsibilities in the aspect of community service. A core unionist and defender of Nigerian workers, the Acting Vice Chancellor has participated actively in the programmes and activities of academic unions as one of the top officials. You are not wrong if you describe him as “Comrade per Excellence”.
He was the Abuja Zonal Co-ordinator, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) 2012 –2016, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) University of Abuja, September 2001 to September, 2005, National President, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch 1992 – 1994, President, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary Studies (ASUBAPS), School of Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch 1992 – 1994 and Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Schools of Basic, Advanced and Preliminary studies (ASUBAPS), School of Preliminary Studies Keffi Branch (1998 – 1999).
Prof. Mohammed has extensive scholarly and academic publications with seventeen published journal articles, contributed six book chapters, twenty-eight conference papers and has edited and reviewed at least two journals.
He is a member of professional associations such as the Nigeria Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA) and the Nigerian Sociology Society (NSS), among others.