Prof Tahir Mamman, SAN: The Vice-Chancellor, Baze University Abuja

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Professor Tahir Mamman OON, SAN, is a legal luminary, distinguished Abusite, and an educational icon. He served as pioneer head and Deputy Director of the Nigerian Law School, Kano (2001-2005), and Director-General of the Nigerian Law School (2005-2013). He currently occupies the pinnacle seat in Baze University Abuja where he is the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Tahir Mamman was born July 7, 1954, in Michika Local Government, Adamawa State. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree (2.1) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1983, and graduated from the Nigerian Law School a year later in 1984. He acquired his Master’s Degree (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Prof. Tahir Mamman, SAN: The Vice-Chancellor,  Baze University Abuja
Prof. Tahir Mamman, SAN

He was employed by the University of Maiduguri where he spent 17 years teaching law. He cut both his academic and administrative teeth at Unimaid where he was at various times Head, Department of Common Law, University of Maiduguri, 1991-1997; and Acting Dean of Law.

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He also served as Dean, Students Affairs Division, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, from 1997-2000, catering for the welfare and social development of over 30,000 students at that time.

Prof. Tahir Mamman was appointed pioneer Deputy Director General and Head of the Kano Campus of the Nigerian Law School in 2001 and served until 2005.

In 2005, he was elevated to head the legal institution as a whole as it’s Director-General, becoming the first northerner to head that prestigious institution that produces manpower for the entire judiciary and the legal profession.

He served in the capacity of DG for 8 years. His Tenure at the Law School recorded unparalleled massive development in the programs of the school, infrastructure, staff development, international linkages, and staff and students’ welfare and wellbeing.

Professor Tahir Mamman, the second Vice-Chancellor of Baze University and first Nigerian to hold the position, has a diverse, all-round wealth of experience in the management of tertiary institutions and general administration spanning well over three decades.

He was for 3 years a member of the Board of International Association of Law Schools, based in Washington. He is a recognized member of the Body of Benchers who belongs to a wide range of international and local associations. He has traversed virtually all parts of the world.

What inspired Prof Tahir Mamman, SAN to become a lawyer

According to Prof Tahir Mamman, his initial ambition as a child was to be a pilot. His uncle’s wife contributed substantially to influencing his change of career to law.

“When we were in the secondary school, we used to receive professionals from various fields who thronged our school daily counseling us on career choice.

“A group of people came with their training aircraft from the School of Aviation in Zaria. There was a demonstration and l was attracted to it and I vowed that I would be a pilot. But staying with an uncle whose wife worked in the judiciary changed that career path.

“After my secondary education in 1974, I lived with an uncle whose wife was a staff member of the judiciary in Adamawa where I hail from. She just came home one day and said instead of you sitting at home, come and work with us for the time being.

“She took me to the department of judiciary and after sometime I was given a letter of appointment as an assistant clerk. I had collected two months’ salary when my result came out. At the same time, I gained admission to go for my higher school certificate.

“I was about quitting my job but my uncle advised me to stay for one year, which would qualify me for admission into Ahmadu Bello University for a two-year diploma programme. The beauty of it I would continue in-service to enable me earn income. To me, it was very tempting.

“I went for the programme and stayed for one year to qualify for in-service scholarship. After my diploma, I was promoted to level seven and had a car loan and life was looking up. I went back the following year to pursue a degree in Law at Ahmadu Bello University and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1984.”

Tahir holds both national and traditional honors. He was conferred with the national honor award of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2011 and became Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2015. He is the Danruwata, Adamawa Emirate Council, and Dokaji Mubi Emirate Council.

He went into politics in 2014 after completing his meritorious tenure as DG, Law School. He contested for the APC governorship primaries held in December 2014 along with three other candidates but lost to the present governor.

Professor Mamman is happily married with 9 children, with a mix of boys and girls, and is also a grandfather. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and International Bar Association.

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