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The story of Professor Andrew is one that is inspiring and also brilliantly paints the picture of how hard work, perseverance and hope can play a major role in the lives of human beings.
Professor Haruna, vice-chancellor of Federal University, Gashua (FUGA), Yobe state,Nigeria , started his early years doing menial jobs just to survive. From a tender age, he liked the idea of schooling and getting educated, his passion led him to attend school, even when his parents could barely afford it.
Born in 1957 at Gar village in Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi state, Haruna spent his early years engaging in farming, selling firewood and bean cake (akara), and other difficult activities to raise money to assist his poor parents who could barely afford his primary and secondary education, Sun News reports.
Although they were very supportive of his ambition, all they could offer was their love and care and this put the work on Haruna as a young child, to do all he could to pay his fees.
He started his education at Gar Local Education Primary from 1964 to 1970 and was at Government College, Maiduguri from 1971 to 1975. Not only was it difficult to pay his fees, the distance from the school to his home was long, about 600 kilometers and this required him to risk his life on the lonely road, travelling with strangers just to get educated.
After completing his Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), he remained in Maiduguri and started working as a shoe maker, just to make ends meet and save money to further his education to university level.
From 1983 to 1990, he received the university’s Fellowship to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Photo: Sun News Source: UGC
In addition, he would run errands for staff in offices nearby his work station, just to earn extra cash. It was on one of such occasions that a lady approached him and requested for his service.
They struck a conversation and she was interested in helping him further his education. The journey to becoming an academic started in 1982 when he was appointed as a Graduate Assistant by the University of Maiduguri.
From 1983 to 1990, he received the university’s Fellowship to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom.
In 2016, Haruna was appointed vice-chancellor, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe state. Meanwhile, Norman Alexander, the first vice-chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, is a very known physicist who contributed to the establishment of many commonwealth universities across the globe.
According to Abusite, he was born in Mangapiko, a place in New Zealand, and was one of several children of his family. As obtainable in the pastoral days that he lived, he engaged in farm activities.
Indeed, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
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