Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi: The 10th VC, ABU Zaria

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Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi is a seasoned administrator, distinguished Abusite and renowned professor of veterinary medicine who discovered the treatment of Urolithiasis.

He was the 10th Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria serving from 2004 to 2009, a former Provost of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and Current pro-chancellor Kaduna state university

Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi with Liman Murtala at an inaugural lecture.
Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi with Liman Murtala at an inaugural lecture.

He emerged Vice-Chancellor after beating two other strong challengers who together with him emerged as the top three; Professor Kharisu Chukkol, Professor of Law and one time Dean of the Institution’s Faculty of Law and Professor Adeyinka Adesuyi, a Professor of Entomology from the University of Ilorin.

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Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi had his early education at Alhudahuda College, Zaria between 1964 –1968 and obtained his Higher School Certificate from Barewa College, Zaria in 1970. He obtained Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1976 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Minnesota, the USA in 1982.

Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi’s Career

Professor Abdullahi started his working career as a Divisional Veterinary Officer, Nsukka, in the Old Anambra State where he was from 1979 -1977. Between 1977and 1980, he became a Lecturer II in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria while from 1980 -1983 he was Lecturer 1 in the same University.

He became a Senior Lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1983 and between 1986 to 1989 he became a Reader/Associate Professor in the same University. He attained Professorship in the University in 1989; a visiting Research Professor, National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru – Jos (1996); Academy Provost, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna (1996 – 2004) and became the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (2004 – 2009). He is currently the pro-chancellor, Kaduna State University

Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi has held numerous Administrative positions including; Assistant Dean (Postgraduate & Research Affairs), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Project Director, Azanci Africa Limited, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) ABU Zaria, Vice-Chancellor, ABU, Zaria, Visiting Professor, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria among others. He is currently the pro-chancellor, Kaduna state university

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He is a member of the Governing Board of the Kaduna State Agricultural Promotions & Development Company, ABU Senate, NUC Accreditation Committee on Veterinary Medicine in Nigerian Universities, Adviser, Federal Government Team on Government/ASUU Re-negotiation Committee among other committees.

His academic achievements and honors include; discovering the treatment of Urolithiasis, an important Animal disease, publishing of 82 articles, Four Academic Prizes among numerous awards received. He has attended many National and International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops including International Seminar on Bluetongue, African Horse Sickness and Related Orbiviruses, Paris, France, Conference on Developing and Retaining the Next generation of Academics in Accra, Ghana among others.

Professor Shehu Usman Abdullahi is married with children.


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