By Zainab Atinuke Zakariyya


The Governing Council of Umaru Musa Yaradua University (UMYU), Katsina, has approved the appointment of Professor Sanusi Mamman as the Substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution as confirmed by its visitor, The Executive Governor of Katsina State, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari.

The appointment letter, which was signed by the University’s Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Malam Nasiru Bello, was presented to the new Vice Chancellor on Thursday, 2nd July, 2020.

The appointment, which is for a single term of five years as provided by the University Laws, takes immediate effect.

The Governing Council and the entire University community, according to the statement, wish Prof. Sanusi Mamman success as he takes over the leadership of Umaru Musa Yaradua University.

Prof. Sanusi Mamman who was born on 17th July, 1965, is a Professor of Special Education in the Faculty of Education of the University.

Professor Mamman who hails from Malumfashi local government area of Katsina state, briefly acted as the institution’s Vice Chancellor before his Predecessor, Professor Idris Isa Funtua, took over management of the University.

Professor Mamman was also the institution’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, between 2014 and 2016.

Professor Mamman’s appointment came at a time when his predecessor had, according to the Institution’s branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), grossly mismanaged the University and plundered its hard earned and meagre resources.

Prof. Idris Isa Funtua

The Union which described exit of Professor Funtua as a ‘good riddance’, because his tenure was a colossal failure, and which was characterised by internal instability, unprogressive, lack of peace and collegiate atmosphere.

The Union, in a statement made available to Education Monitor, opined that Funtua steered the affairs of the University with Napoleonic tendencies, destroying the formidable structures and other important layers of administrative system of the University that was put in place by his predecessors.

The Union lamented the deteriorated state of the University, pointing out that most perceived independent voices were either sidelined or sacked, and many academic staff trained by the University, resigned and departed unceremoniously.

“There were concerns on how the University Laws were being flagrantly flouted. There were complaints on how University finances were being handled without clear accountability. There were grievances related to clear attempt to scuttle promotion of staff and how many academic and non-academic staff were being victimized”.

Describing the exit of the Vice Chancellor as best development that has happened to the University, the Union maintained that the continued presence of this colossal failure in the institution, is a great disaster.

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