BUK Conducts Congregation Parley, As Prof Sagir Abbas Gets Community Acceptability

Bayero University, Kano on Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 conducted a Congregation Parley as part of the processes for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor.

During the Parley, contestants vying for the post of the Vice Chancellor interacted with members of the congregation on their mission, vision and how they intended to move the University forward.

The contestants were: the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Adamu Idris Tanko; former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas; Professor Dalhatu Balarabe Yakubu of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor Mohammed Dikko Aliyu from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia.

Recall that the tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello comes to an end on 17th August, 2020 and in line with the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor, the process had since begun since early this year.

After the interaction, members of the Congregation cast their votes in which Professor Sagir Abbas got the highest votes of 1026 followed by Professor Adamu Adamu Idris Tanko with  416 votes. The other contestants, Professor Mohammed Dikko Aliyu and Professor Dalhatu Balarabe Yakubu polled 10 and 5 votes, respectively.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Bello had earlier addressed members of the Congregation in which he said that Bayero University is the only model in Nigeria that conducts Congregation Parley to interact with and express preference for the candidates of its choice. "We take pride to say that our practice is in consonance with the practices in some of the best universities in the world, including Oxford and Cambridge.

He further appealed to the congregation to consider passing some resolutions that would firm-up this participatory role of community in contributing to the process for appointing a Vice Chancellor. Such resolutions may include at least 20 points out of 100 to the result of the Congregation Parley.

He called on staff unions in the university to make it a part of the demands of their national bodies during negotiations with government, a review of the laws for the appointment of Vice Chancellors by explicitly adopting the BUK tradition nationally-i.e including the role of Congregation Parley in the process.

The process continues on Saturday, 8th August, 2020 in which the Selection Board will interact with the candidates.