Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje is now a senior mentoring scholar and visiting full professor of e-governance and international affairs at the East Carolina University (ECU) in the US.
Ganduje is the Nigerian governor who was apparently caught on video sliding alleged dollar bribes under his babariga, a local menswear with spacious under-pockets.
But that should not matter at ECU’s International Center for Information Technology and Development (ECU-ICITD) where “Professor Ganduje”, who received a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Ibadan in 1993, will now mentor PhD students.
Ganduje’s media aide Abba Anwar announced the news in a statement on Tuesday.
ECU, according to Anwar, wrote a letter to congratulate Ganduje and said he has “been a source of motivation to the Nigerian youths both at home and in diaspora at large”.
“We are amazed at your accomplishments both as the Executive Governor of Kano State, Nigeria, Fellow National Association of Educational Administration and Planning, Nigeria, and your investment in Human Capital Development,” ECU added.
ECU said Ganduje “will mentor PhD students, junior lecturers, as well as take a lead in advising our University’s Research Center on academic issues related to e-governance and international affairs”.
“We run specialised workshops for government officials (Executive, Judiciary and Legislature) from developing nations,” ECU said, adding that “we will be elated to host you even once a year to speak to them (students) during our conferences and colloquia. This will be scheduled at your convenience.”
“Looking at your academic, administrative, and overall leadership record in Nigeria and Africa, you fit perfectly in East Carolina University’s goal to remain a leading research and teaching institution in the United States and beyond,” ECU said.
“It is our fervent hope, Sir, that you will accept this offer. Your appointment will be posted at ECU-ICITD’s website once we get your acceptance.”