The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa'i, has announced the appointments of Vice-Chancellors for the newly established universities in Kebbi, Yobe and Zamfara States.
The VCs are Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman for the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis for the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State and Professor Ben Chuks Okeke to head the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State.
A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiola, disclosed that the appointments were to take immediate effect.
The statement added that: Professor Isaac Asuzu hadalso been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State to replace Prof. Chinedu Nebo who was appointed Minister of Power.
The Education Minister also announced the appointment of Registrars for the new institutions.
"They are: Alhaji Sule Dauda (Federal University Gashua), Mr. Ibrahim Mungadi, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi and Mr. Ibrahim Bawa Kaura, Federal University, Gusau.
She disclosed that all the appointments followed the laid down rules which require a Vice-Chancellor to among others "be an experienced former Vice-Chancellor or Deputy Vice-Chancellor with sufficient scholarship and leadership backed with area of specialisation relevant to the primary area of focus of the new university."
She urged the benefiting states to rally round the new institutions and support the smooth take off.