Umaru Mutallab, chairman of Jaiz Bank Plc, has been appointed as the chancellor of Fountain University.
His conferment as the university’s chancellor held during the 9th convocation ceremony at the school Auditorium in Osogbo, Osun state, on Tuesday.
Speaking at the ceremony, he pledged to use his experience and knowledge of the corporate world to foster growth in the university.
“Let me thank the proprietors of this university, the Nasrul Lahi al-Fatihi Society, (NASFAT) for considering me worthy of appointment as the chancellor of this university. This is indeed the right moment for me to publicly acknowledge the honour accorded me,” he said.
“I consider this honour a privilege to serve my dear community and humanity. It comes to me after a modest five-decade career in the corporate world, and at a time that a retiree of my age is willing to commit more of his energies to charity and every possible way of pleasing the Almighty.
“I consider this a call to serve the young generation of youths to whom we all owe a duty of facilitating a brighter, prosperous and rewarding future.
“I intend to deploy my vast experience in the corporate world to make Fountain University the pride of the Nigerian University System. The vision is to transform the university into a centre of excellence whose curricular will be skill-driven and employment generating in content and delivery, well beyond the statutory period of their validity.”
Aminu Sanni, the university vice-chancellor, said he is optimistic that the appointment of the new chancellor will fast track several developments to the university, which would enhance learning, research and community service.
Mutallab was the chairman of First Bank Nigeria between 1999 and 2009. He is also a recipient of the commander of the order of the Niger (CON) national award.