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Pen Resource University Appoints Pioneer VC,Prof Igoli



Professor Igoli


By: Umar Umar, Gombe

Gombe’s maiden private University, Pen Resource, recently announced the appointment of Professor Ogbaji Igoli, as its founding Vice-Chancellor. But little is known about the UK based Professor of Chemistry, hence the reason Nigeriantracker.com profiled the icon for the limelight of the public.

In a statement signed by Dr Sani Jauro, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, announced the appointment.

Igoli studied Chemistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka finishing as the best graduating student in his class of 1985. He obtained an MSc in Organic Chemistry, specializing in natural products in 2003, winning the Vice Chancellor’s prize for the best PhD thesis in his Faculty. He had a six-year post-doctoral training at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow where he learnt spectroscopy and structure elucidation of organic compounds.

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He had a six-year postdoctoral training at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK where he learnt spectroscopy and structure elucidation of organic compounds. Until his appointment, he was the Director of the Specialized Equipment Centre, Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University (Formerly Federal University of Agriculture), Makurdi. His expertise is in the area of phytochemistry, ethnobotany and natural products isolation from plants, propolis and microbial sources. He is also involved in bioactivity studies against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as malaria, trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis. He has over 150 publications centred on ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and structural elucidation of novel bioactive compounds. He is avidly involved in training and mentoring young scientists in phytochemical studies, the spectroscopic identification of compounds and the evaluation of plants used in traditional medicine. He has obtained fellowships, research and travel grants from DAAD/OPCW, IFS, NHS, RSC, CRUK, IFAH, CADFP and the Wellcome Trust. Presently, he is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Glasgow, UK. He is currently the editor of two special journal editions of Frontiers in Pharmacology and an Associate editor for Heliyon. He is a member of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s expert committee on the evaluation and registration of herbal remedies against Covid-19. His publications are well cited with a ResearchGate Score of 32.15 and on Google Scholar with a h-index of 21 and i10-index of 43. He is listed among the Top 500 authors, by Scholarly Output in Nigeria over the period 2018 to 2021 by SciVal. The appointed Vice Chancellor’s wealth of experience in research and administration coupled with his extensive international collaborations will set the tone and put the baby Pen Resource University, Gombe on an enviable path of research and academic excellence to achieve the aims and objectives of setting up the University. The University will further set up the Centre for African Plant Research (CAPRE) under his leadership, which is aimed at the production of drugs from our local resources. The appointment has since taken effect.


Kawu appoints Ashiru Kachako, Abbas Adam as media assistants



Kawu Sumaila


Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Senatorial Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for Kano South, Rt. Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has appointed two aides, who will manage his media activities for the campaign period.

Kawu appointed Ashiru Shehu Kachako, a veteran journalist with years of experience, as his Senior Special Assistant 1 on Media and Abbas Adam Abbas, a young and vibrant journalist, as Special Assistant 2 on Media.

In a statement he personally signed in Kano on Saturday, Kawu said the two newly appointed media aides are expected to bring on board their wealth of experience acquired over the years in their new responsibilities.

“I am highly pleased to announce Ashiru Shehu Kachako and Abbas Adam Abbas as my SSA 1 and SA 2 on Media. I have known the duo as core professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in the media industry.

“I have absolute confidence in their ability and capacity to pilot the media affairs of my campaign in the next couple of months as the 2023 general elections approach,” Kawu said in the statement.

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Ashiru Shehu Kachako was until his appointment, the Head of Marketing of the Sunnah TV, Abuja. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Kano-based Zuma Jaridar Hausa and the Head of News and Production of DTV Online. Kachako also worked as the Head of Religious Unit, Editor and Acting Head of Programmes of the Vision FM, Kano from 2019 to 2020 and served in the same position at Freedom Radio, Dutse, Jigawa State between 2007 and 2019. A teacher at the Nasarawa Nursery and Primary School, Kachako from 2005 to 2006, Ashiru Kachako was also the secretary of Kachako Islamic Medical and Engineering Centre from 2004 to 2007.

Born in 1973, Ashiru Kachako holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Office Technology and Management, Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Kano State Polytechnic. He also holds PGD in Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is currently studying for his Masters in Communication Studies at the Bayero University, Kano.

The new Special Assistant on Media 2, Abbas Adam Abbas, is a broadcast journalist with Nasara Radio, Kano. A multi-task journalist, Abbas is a graduate of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he bagged BSc in Microbiology.


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Police Exhumed Corpse Of Baby Buried Alive,Arrests Suspects



25 year old Dankwairo,one of the suspect


Police in Jigawa state have exhumed the corpse of a new born baby buried alive in Kiyawa local government Jigawa state.

Spokesman of the command DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident in a statement issued to newsmen.

He said the incident happened on 02/12/2022, at about 2350hrs after a 30 year old Balaraba Shehu of Tsurma village in Kiyawa LGA is suspected to have given birth and buried the new born baby.

Shiisu said after police received the report, a team of Policemen were mobilized and proceeded to the scene of crime.

He said on arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the new born baby buried in the toilet.

Shiisu said the suspect was arrested and the baby was rushed to General Hospital Dutse, and certified dead by Medical Doctor.

He explained that preliminary Investigation led to the arrest of 25 years old man Amadu Sale alias Dan kwairo of Akar village in Kiyawa LGA who was alleged to be responsible for the unwanted pregnancy.

The suspects however conspired and buried the baby after delivery.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom however directed that, the case should be transfered to SCID Dutse, for discreet Investigation.

The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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Tambari TV appoints Shawai as new MD/ Chief Operating Officer




The board of Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd , the owners of Tambarin Hausa Television has appointed Ibrahim Sani Shawai as its new Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the board and Founder of the broadcasting outfit, Alhaji Ibrahim Makama.

Shawai who had within the last three and half years served as the image maker for Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) will now resume duties at his new office on Jan 1, 2023.

At his new organization, Shawai is expected to manage the daily business operations of the company, working closely with heads of department and provide support for the day-to-day activity of employees of Tambarin Hausa Television.

He will also strategize as well as implement policies in Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd towards promoting the organization’s culture and vision while overseeing operations to keep the business aspect of the company on track and in its right perspectives.

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The station Tambarin Hausa TV “Amon Gaskiya” is the first international TV station in Nigeria that broadcast in Hausa Language.

The station provides news updates on hourly basis with variety of rich programs to the delight of its audience as well as keeping the general public well informed.

Shawai, a Kano-born trained journalist and communication strategist, had worked with several National and International world class organizations where he was able to acquire enormous wealth of experiences.

According to the Board chairman, Shawai has become an asset to any organisation in view of his vast knowledge of the media, socio- economic and political structure of not just Nigeria but African and European continents.

In summary, Shawai, from being a freelance Journalist became a broadcaster, a producer, Editor, public relations consultant and then a manager in the field of communication.


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