UNIJOS Governing Council Appoints New DVCs, Re-appoints Bursar, Librarian









The 13th Governing Council of the University of Jos has appointed two new Deputy Vice-Chancellors for the University for a renewable term of two (2) years each.


They are Professor Tanko Ishaya as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor Gray Goziem Ejikeme as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).


The University’s Governing Council through the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prince Tony Momoh considered the nomination of the two Principal Officers by the University Senate and confirmed their appointment with effect from 10th December, 2018.


The newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof Tanko Ishaya is a Professor of Computer Science with a Mathematics background and specialism and experience in Data Engineering, Computer Security and Forensics. He obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics Education (2nd Class Upper Division) in 1992 at University of Jos and began work as a lecturer in Mathematics at the College of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State. Professor Ishaya proceeded to the University of Manchester, United Kingdom to pursue an M.Sc. programme in Computation which he successfully completed in 1997. He later enrolled for his PhD in Computing Studies which he successfully completed in 2001.


He joined the University of Hull in October 2000 as a Lecturer and was Head of the Centre for Internet Computing at the University before returning to Nigeria in 2008 as a visiting Professor to the University of Jos whilst on his Sabbatical. Professor Ishaya was the founding Director of the University’s Directorate for Information and Communication Technology from where he returned back to the University of Hull in January 2009 after his Sabbatical. 


Professor Ishaya came back to Unijos in 2012 on special request by the University and doubled as the Director Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Pioneer Head of Computer Science Department at the University. He has served in over 40 University Committees at the University of Hull and the University Jos. A professional member of several professional bodies and associations, Professor Ishaya is a seasoned, multi-skilled IT professional equipped with over Twenty (20) years experience and is currently Chairman, Committee of Directors of ICT, for Nigerian Universities among many other community services he is rendering. 


Professor Ishaya’s research interests are diverse and wide ranging from providing technology support in a variety of areas to more technical aspects of security and trustworthy computing, digital and computer forensics computing.  He has over 40 journal, book chapter, and conference and research report publications and has successfully executed a number of national and internationally funded projects. He has successfully attracted external research and development grants, graduated Five (5) PhD students and more than 40 M.Sc. Students in Computing in the UK.


Professor Ishaya who hails from Zuru, Kebbi State, is happily married Mrs Sharon Ishaya and they are blessed with three (3) children.



The newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Gray Goziem Ejikeme, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Social Work is a graduate of Psychology B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Lagos. Professor Ejikeme obtained both a Masters of Science Degree in Social Works (MSSW) and PhD from the University of Jos among a host of other academic and professional certificates. Professor Ejikeme was awarded Fellow of the Nigerian Psychological Association (FNPA) in November, 2014 and was honored with an Award of Excellence in Service to Humanity by the Nigeria Association of Social Workers in recognition of his numerous work to promote Social Work Profession and practice in Nigeria among many other Professional accolades.


A distinguished academic who believes in leadership by example, Professor Ejikeme took up appointment with the University of Jos in 1986 where he began teaching psychologically-oriented Sociology and Social Work Courses in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences. He has held several academic and administrative positions including Head of Department, Sociology; Head of Department, General and Applied Psychology; Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors and Senate Representative on the 13th Governing Council, University of Jos among others.


Professor Ejikeme has to his credit successfully supervised over ten PhD candidates, supervised numerous M.Sc. research projects, served as external assessor/examiner to several Nigerian universities, attended international conferences in Michigan, San Francisco, Ghana and Monrovia, Liberia, and University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA. Professor Ejikeme has published profusely and has over sixty local and external/international publications in the fields of psychology, social work, and Social Gerontology/gerontological social work and is editor of many journals. Professor Ejikeme who hails from Afugiri, Umuahia, Abia State is happily married to Mrs Theresa Uchechi Ejikeme and they are blessed with three children.


The two Deputy Vice-Chancellors have since assumed duties.


Meantime, the 13th Governing Council of the University of Jos has approved the extension of the appointment of Bursar of the University, Mr Ibrahim Alhassan and University Librarian, Dr Stephen Akintunde for a period of one year each with effect from 14th February, 2019. This follows the review of their performance by the Governing Council and favourable recommendation by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako which rated them as highly competent and hardworking. The current Five-year tenure of both Principal Officers is set to expire on 13th February, 2019.


A 1990 Graduate of Accounting (2nd Class Upper Division) from the University of Calabar, Mr Ibrahim Alhassan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of several other professional bodies. He holds an MBA in Finance and has garnered many years of experience in private and public service.



Dr. Stephen Akintunde is the 4th (fourth) University Librarian, University of Jos and has, in the last five years transformed the library into a learner-centred Creative Learning Space. He is Chairman, Nigerian University Libraries Consortium (NULIB); Member, Steering Committee, Research, Knowledge & Information (RKI) Community, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). He is 2015 and 2016 Outstanding Reviewer for Information and Learning Science (formerly New Library World) in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. He is well published and widely travelled. His membership of professional bodies includes the Nigerian Library Association, American Library Association, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (United Kingdom) and International Sociological Association.



Abdullahi Abdullahi

Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications

University of Jos