The Governing Council of the University of Abuja has approved the appointment of the youngest professor of law in Nigeria and the first female professor from Northwest Nigeria, Aisha Maikudi, alongside Professor Philip Afaha as Deputy Vice Chancellors Academic and Administrative respectively. This was disclosed in a statement by the university said on Monday. The Council gave the approval at its 96th Regular Meeting held between Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, 2023.

The council’s approval followed the selection of the duo at the 78th extraordinary meeting of the senate held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in accordance with the provision of the University of Abuja Act. “The appointment which took effect from May 5, 2023, was for a period of two years in the first instance,” the statement read.

The new DVC academic, Maikudi was born on January 31, 1983. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Reading in 2004 while her Master of Laws degree was obtained from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. She bagged a doctorate in International Law in 2015 from the University of Abuja.

Information from the school’s website stated that Maikudi joined the services of the university in 2008 as lecturer 2 before rising to rank of professor in 2022. “A professor of International Law, Maikudi became the first female Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, in 2018, and later the pioneer director, University of Abuja International Centre in 2019. She is also the youngest professor of Law in Nigeria.”

The DVC administration, Philip Adaha was born in 1972. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Uyo in 1995 and 2004, respectively. He later bagged a doctorate degree in History in 2011 from the University of Abuja. Afaha joined the services of the university in January 2013 as a senior lecturer before rising to the rank of professor.

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