Profile of the Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin

Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Ambali was born in Ilorin, Kwara state in 1957 to the family of Mall. Ambali Gidado and Mrs. Husseina Angulu. After his primary education at Pakata Primary School, Ilorin, he proceeded to McBride Secondary School Jalingo, (now Government Secondary School, Jalingo) in Taraba State. Thereafter, he was at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and University of Liverpool, UK for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees respectively. He was awarded the degree of DVM (1981), from ABU, and M.V.Sc, and PhD, (1984, and 1989) from University of Liverpool, UK. He became a Member of College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria, (MCVSN) in 2004 and Fellow of College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN) in 2009.

Prof. Ambali started his carrier as a Veterinary Surgeon, with the Ministry of Rural & Community Development, Kano, Nigeria in 1981 as a Youth Corper. He later joined the services of the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria as an Assistant Lecturer in 1982, rose through the ranks and became Professor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. To date, he has over thirty years of teaching experience at University level. Prof. Ambali has supervised many postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD levels and at present has graduated seventeen postgraduate students and some are still under his tutelage. The students came from different establishments across the country. He has published over eighty articles in local, national and international peer reviewed journals.

In terms of administrative responsibilities, Prof. Ambali has held a number of academic and administrative positions within and outside the ivory tower. Notable among which are; Head, Dept. of Vet. Medicine Univ. of Maiduguri, (for 5years), Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Maiduguri, (for 5years), Ag. Dean and later substantive Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, and the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. In addition to these, he was one time member of University of Maiduguri Governing Council, representing the Senate and Member University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Management Board for two terms representing Senate and the Vice-Chancellor.  These responsibilities afforded him the opportunity to serve in various committees including among others, Finance and General Purpose committees, Staff recruitment and promotion committee among others. He was also one time a member of Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) of University of Maiduguri.  Prof. Ambali has served the Federal establishments in various capacities, either as member or chairman of visitation panels and/or accreditation teams to monitor academic standard in his discipline at various Universities/Agencies across the country. These are through the National Universities Commission (NUC), Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and Department of Livestock Services of the Federal Livestock Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Nigeria to mention but a few. As a mark of recognition of his academic excellence, Prof. Ambali has served as external examiner to several Universities in Nigeria at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was also one time the Coordinator of Bird Flu Surveillance for North East Zone of Nigeria.

Prof. Ambali is a recipient of several Honors and Awards among which are; The Borno State Government Scholarship, tenable at ABU, Zaria, Nigeria; University of Maiduguri Staff Development Scholarship, tenable at University of L’pool, UK; National Merit Award, Federal Min. of Education, Lagos, Nigeria; World Bank Training Fellowship, tenable at Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK; and Wellcome Trust Fellowship, tenable also at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK. Prof. Ambali has being acknowledged by a number of associations/communities he has had contact with among which are The McBride Old Students Association, for being the First Professor from the college, Ilorin Descendant Progressive Union, Northern Zone Branch for his services to the community, the Ilorin Emirate Student Union, University of Maiduguri, Branch and Kwara State Students Union, University of Maiduguri Branch for his contribution to the unions. He has also been recognized by a number of other professional bodies such as Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), Distinguished Veterinarian Award, 2013, Medium Airlift Group Nigerian Air force Ilorin, Fellow of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria, Fellow of Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) and recently (2014) was conferred with National Merit Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria for his contribution to educational development in the country. He served as Collation Officer for 2015 Presidential election (Nigeria) and Returning Officer for Governorship election for Niger State. 

Prof. Ambali is aMember of several academic and professional bodies such as; College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria; Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Nigeria; Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Sahel Journal Veterinary Science; and Member of Editorial Board of Nigeria Journal  Experimental & Applied Biology; Consultant Editor, Vom Journal  Veterinary Science and Member World Poultry Science Association. Vice Chairman, Association of West African Universities (AWAU) and Board Member, International Association of Universities (IAU). Professor Ambali is currently the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is married and blessed with children.

Research interest: Investigation into pathogenesis of viral diseases and development of viral vaccines against livestock diseases. Use of genetic engineering technology for disease diagnosis and control (DNA vaccine development).

Hobbies: Football, listening to music and watching wild life films.