Adamu Baikie: 1st professor of education in Northern Nigeria, accomplished academic

Adamu Baikie: 1st professor of education in Northern Nigeria, accomplished academic

- Professor Adamu Baikie, vice chancellor on three different occasions, was the first professor of education from Northern Nigeria

- The academic said his educational journey started in the late 1930 when he began his primary education

- Upon graduation, he was immediately employed by the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, before he was sent to America for further training

Professor Adamu Baikie is one of the few Nigerian academics that have made significant history in the academia. He is the first professor of education in Northern Nigeria and doubles as one of the first two people employed by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

In an interview with Daily Trust, he spoke about his academic journey and how it all started, adding that he started his primary education in the late 1930 in Kano.

His middle school education started in 1949 at the then newly created Anglican Teacher Training College, adding that he got a scholarship by the government in 1957.

The professor need to gather wealth is pushing many into lobbying for vice-chancellorship, a post they do not have the capacity for. Photo source: Daily Trust/Abusite

The professor need to gather wealth is pushing many into lobbying for vice-chancellorship, a post they do not have the capacity for. Photo source: Daily Trust/Abusite
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On the completion of his diploma education, Professor Baikie said he got an immediate appointment by ABU which was founded in 1962. Upon his recruitment, he was sent to the US for training, making him the first person from the north to be sent out for such.

On the completion of his masters, he came back to the country in 1964 and became an assistant lecturer. He would later go back to America one more time for his PhD.

Before the accomplished academic retired in December 2009, he had served as one of the members of the planning committee to set up Nasarawa State University and as the vice chancellor in 2001.

When asked to compare the teaching profession the way it was then and now, he said there is a whole lot of difference between being a missionary teacher and a government teacher, adding that the former earns little.

A vice chancellor for three different times, Baikie said he does not understand why people lobby for the position in this day and age when they do not have the wherewithal to deliver.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Professor Iya Abubakar, a mathematical genius, the third vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria was also many times a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was also a former senator of Adamawa North between May 1999 and May 2007. He had a first class degree in mathematics at University College Ibadan and a doctorate degree at Cambridge University, England.

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