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UI VC Aspirant: Prof. Hassan SALIU


Ajisafe- I am a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin. I attended Bayero University, Kano for my B. Sc degree and emerged the best overall graduating student in my class of 1987. I also attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for my M. Sc degree in International Relations between 1988-1989 and returned to Bayero University, Kano for my doctoral degree which I obtained with a distinction in 1995.

My career as a lecturer began in 1990 at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as an Assistant Lecturer. I moved to University of Ilorin in 1998 as a Senior Lecturer. I was appointed a Professor in January, 2002. I have served as Head of Department, Coordinator of Professional Programmes and Dean of Faculty for two terms at University of Ilorin. I have also served in some important administrative and ad hoc committees such as Senate’s Business Committee, University Estimates’ Committee, Chairman, Senate’s Committee on the 2004 Presidential Visitation Panel, among others.
I have equally served as chairman/member of NUC’s Accreditation Panels to some universities and a Professorial Assessor for many universities. My record of service also includes serving as External Examiner to many Departments of Political Science, Institutes and Academies in Nigeria and abroad. I am a two-term member of Governing Council of Kwara State University, Malete, member, Governing Council of Lead City University, Ibadan from 2016-2018 and an elected Senate Board member of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, 2005-2011. I am a fund-raiser, notable promoter of Town and Gown relationship, astute manager of resources and a team player.

I have a robust publication profile with 321 publications including six that came out this year. They have all appeared in reputable publication outlets across the world and mentored a number of younger colleagues through joint publications that have accelerated their career progression. Indeed, some of them have become Professors in their respective universities.

Outside the University System, I am a consultant to some international organisations and the Federal Government of Nigeria and have delivered one hundred and forty papers across the world, including a paper I presented in Berlin, Germany on shaping that country’s peacekeeping policy as one of the two Nigerians invited in 2011 for that purpose. I have a healthy profile of community service that includes; membership of the Executives of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) and a member of the Ilorin Emirate Council of Ullama, an advisory organ to His Royal Highness, Emir of Ilorin, on religious matters.

I am a member of some professional associations such the Nigerian Society of International Affairs (NSIA), Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Association of African Political Science (AAPS), Society of International Relations Awareness (SIRA), among others. I am a fellow of NPSA and a Board member of SIRA and a member of the Board of Trustees of NPSA in addition of being her current Vice-President and that of NSIA from 2012-2016. I am happily married with children.

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