Mathematician Emerges New Unijos VC

The 14th Governing Council of University the of Jos (Unijos) has approved the appointment of a mathematician and ICT expert, Professor Tanko Ishaya, as the university’s new Vice-Chancellor.

Ishaya, 57, is currently the Unijos Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

He takes over from Prof Gray Goziem Ejikeme whose term as Acting Vice-Chancellor expires on November 30, 2021.

A statement by the Deputy Registrar Information and Publication of the University, Abdullahi Abdullahi said this followed the Council’s consideration of the recommendation of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board at the Council’s Special Meeting held on November 12, 2021.

His appointment takes effect from 1st December 2021, for a single term of five years.

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 the University of Jos and began work as a lecturer in Mathematics at the College of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State.

Prof 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 a Ph.D. in Computing Studies which he successfully completed in 2001. Eleven years later, Ishaya was promoted to the rank of Professor of Computer Science.

He has served in over 60 University Committees at the University of Hull and the University of Jos. A member of several professional bodies and associations, including being a Fellow of both the British Computer Society (BCS) and Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), Professor Tanko is seasoned, multi-skilled IT professional equipped with over 25 years of experience.

Prof Ishaya, from Zuru, Kebbi State, is happily married to Sharon Ishaya and they are blessed with three children.

The Nation

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