The Oasis Reporters
August 6, 2022
One year after the attack by bandits who kidnapped scores of its students and killed five of them in captivity, Greenfield University, Kaduna has appointed the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as its pioneer Chancellor.
The appointment comes as part of the private University’s preparation for its maiden graduation ceremony in 2023.
The University’s Management led by the Founder and Pro-Chancellor, Engr. Simon Ifediora Nwakacha presented the appointment letter to the Emir at his Palace in Zaria on Thursday.
Receiving the appointment, Emir Bamalli called for the establishment of more universities in Nigeria, to meet the demand for quality and timely education by Nigerians.
Speaking on the bandits attack on the University last year, Emir of Zazzau lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria, saying that, “I commiserate with the founder and management of the university over the happening of last year which was really disheartening. We pray that Allah continue to protect us all from these happenings.
“This is not the same country we used to know, for peace and safety. In times past, we used to go around at any time. Just yesterday, we saw the gory picture of a Police Officer being shot along Abuja road. We pray to Allah to protect us all against this banditry and other challenges,” he prayed.
While expressing appreciation to Greenfield University Founder and Management for finding him worthy of the appointment as their pioneer Chancellor, the Emir expressed delight that the university has grown in students population, four times than it was.
According to him, “This is remarkable and it is an indication that there is a lot to be done. We need more universities in Nigeria than what we have at the moment and I can say proudly that, being a private university located in Kaduna, you have gotten a good location considering the cost of living and cost of transportation that are very high in other climes.
“ I’m sure your presence in Kaduna will contribute to meeting the demands of our people. We used to have only three universities in Kaduna State, the Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State University and the Nigerian Defence Academy. You have now come as the first private university in the State. Our people now don’t have to travel to Abuja before they can access quality education.”
Earlier while presenting the appointment letter to the Emir, the Founder, Engr. Simon Ifediora Nwakacha recalled that bandits attacked the main campus of the University last year and five 300 level students as well as a porter were killed, a situation which forced the university to relocate to its city campus inside Kaduna town.
He said the university has since its relocation to the city campus continued with uninterrupted academic programmes, with students population now four times larger, and it is set to graduate the first set of its students by next year.
According to him, “by next year, we will be graduating the first set of our students and part of the process is that, at this time we should appoint a Chancellor who will among other functions be presiding over our graduation ceremony. This position has however been reserved in our heart for the Emir of Zazzau, because it was the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who prophesied that Imperial School will one day establish the first private university in Kaduna State. And that has come to pass.”