Fiery Bar Leader Chioma Ferguson has commended Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN on his appointment by President Bola Tinubu as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Federal University of Uyo.

In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the senior lawyer and rights advocate noted that the appointment is “well-deserved.” 

Her words: “Big Congrats to our Elder Statesman, Chief J. K. Gadzama SAN, on his worthy appointment as Pro-Chancellor/Chairman Federal University of Uyo. More wins.”

In his response to the deluge on congratulatory messages, Gadzama, who is also the Chairman of the Body of Benchers Mentoring Committee, thanked his well-wishers, even as he dedicated the appointment to God.

He wrote: “My brothers and sisters, I thank you all profusely for your felicitations on my appointment as Pro Chancellor. On my part, the said appointment is going to be dedicated to God, Humanity, FGN, Akwa Ibom State and I mean it, because I do not utter any word that is not from my heart. This statement is from my heart of heart and time will tell. God bless us all, Amen.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that the foremost Bar Leader is among about 555 persons appointed to serve as chairmen and members of governing councils of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The list comprises five names each for 50 universities, 37 polytechnics and 24 colleges of education. The selected individuals are to serve as Pro-chancellors/Chairmen and members of Governing Boards of the 111 federal universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

This was contained in an advertorial by the Federal Ministry of Education in one of the national dailies signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack.

According to the advertorial, “The inauguration and retreat for the Governing Councils will take place on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2024, at the National Universities Commission, 26 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja. Both events will commence at 9am daily.”

The appointments comes a few days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had threatened to embark on another strike, citing failure of the Federal Government to appoint Governing Councils for federal universities after one year of dissolving the ones on ground.

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