The Iron of Lady of the Sahel: Prof Gambo Laraba

Prof. Gambo Laraba Abdullahi (OON), from Bauchi State. She is a Chemist, an Administrator, former Minister Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development 1998/1999, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja from 1999 - 2004.  She has held many political appointments during her career.
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She started her education at Provincial Girls' College, Bauchi in 1963, then proceeded to Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin where she completed her secondary education in 1969. In 1970, she was accepted to study Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 1978, she traveled to U.K. to study Analytical Chemistry and earned her doctorate at the Loughborough University of Technology in 1984.

She was a lecturer in Chemistry at University of Maiduguri. In 1985, after a few years of academic work, she was appointed Bauchi State Commissioner of  Information, then Education, followed by Commerce and Industry. After serving Bauchi state government for five years, she returned to academia. In December 1990, she got an academic appointment at University of Abuja, and between 1991 - 1998 she was director of the College’s remedial and general studies program.

During her tenure as Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, she improved relationship between the university administration and academic unions. She was committed to excellence and standards in procurement and promotion of academic and known academic staff.

She was recently the director of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), a government tool to promote commercialization of research ideas generated by in Nigerian universities. She also has many publications, journals, articles and conference papers to her credit.

Sources: Wrapanigeria.org, Guardian.ng and The Almajira 

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