The new Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’allah has committed to repositioning the institution towards proffering solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
Prof Na’allah said this yesterday while speaking to journalists after assuming office as the 6th substantive VC of the university.
The former VC Professor Michael Adikwu, while handing over to Professor Na’allah, called on the management and staff to support the new VC to enable him succeed.
“Everything we will do has to be that UniAbuja will be central to the development of Nigeria and I tell you everybody will know we are the university to beat in Nigeria.
“We want Nigeria to catch up with the major player in the world like Singapore, Brazil and Malaysia,” he said.
Professor Na’allah was appointed the VC of the University of Abuja by the Governing Board of the institution after a screening and selection process.
He was presented a letter of appointment on Friday by Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Alhaji Sani Maikudi.
He is the outgoing Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) where his tenure ends in July.
Born in 1962, the scholar obtained a BA in English from the University of Ilorin in 1988 and received M.A. Literature in English from the same university in 1992.
He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1999 and subsequently became professor and chair of African Studies at the Western Illinois University before he became KWASU VC.