A delegation of the Governing Council, Senate and Management of Nasarawa State University Keffi, led by the Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof Adamu Baikie and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed, yesterday paid a courtesy visit to Senator Umaru Al-Makura in his Jabi office, Abuja.
The delegation said they paid the courtesy call on the Senator to intimate and present to him the decision of the Council on his nomination for conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degree, to be presented during the 6th combined convocation ceremony slated for 28th March, 2020.
The Vice Chancellor said the Council and Management of the University considered Senator Al-Makura worthy of this recognition because of his massive transformation in the education sector when he held sway as the State Governor between 2011 to 2019. And that as Senator of the FRN, Al-Makura is leaving no stone unturned to bring about the desired legislative turn around in the Solid Minerals sector.
Prof. Suleiman also stressed that Senator Al-Makura has a very unique political engineering by defeating the incumbent in 2011, conducted the most free and fair LG elections in Nigeria, the only CPC Governor in Nigeria, and has ensured the political stability in Nasarawa state by bringing a worthy successor.
According to Bala, “Senator Al-Makura as visitor to the university, his contribution remains unparalleled by providing basic infrastructures, and appointing reputable personalities as members of the University Governing Council. The VC also pointed out that Senator Al-Makura met a rural state and transformed it into a city”.
On his part, the Chairman of the Council, Professor Adamu Baikie, after eulogising Senator Al-Makura for his outstanding contributions, had, on behalf of the Council and Management of the university presented the letter of nomination for the award to Senator Al-Makura.
In his acceptance speech, Senator Al-Makura thanked the university authority for deeming him worthy of the nomination, saying that NSUK symbolised national unity and epitomised a collective desire to build a strong nation. “I am happy that the institution realises its important position in the educational salvation of our youth and the rejuvenation of our nation” Senator Al-makura added.
He then congratulated the Governing Council, Senate, Management and staff of the university for recording progress in achieving the objective for which it was set up.
As part of the visit, the Vice Chancellor officially unveiled the university 2020 calendar to Senator Al-Makura, a document that Al-Makura is conspicuously captured with some of his laudable projects in the university.