Emeritus Umaru Shehu Maiduguri
Emeritus Umaru Shehu Maiduguri.
Professor-emeritus Umaru Shehu Maiduguri, a Borno man, and first Emeritus in Northern Nigeria with unmatched Profile in MEDICINE PROFESSION in the history of Nigeria.
Professor Umaru Shehu was born on December 8, 1930, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He attended Elementary School, Maiduguri 1935-1940; Middle School, Maiduguri 1941-1943; Kaduna College, Kaduna 1944-1947; University College Ibadan
1948-1953; and was at the University of Liverpool between 1953-1956, and 1966-1967.
Professor Umaru received a Bachelor of Medicine degree, MBBS from the University of London. Professor Umaru Shehu is not just a renowned Nigerian professor of medicine, he is an elder statesman.
He is the first HOD, Department of Community medicine ABU Zaria; former vice-chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka; former sole administrator of the University of Maiduguri; former Pro-chancellor and chairman of governing council Bayero University Kano and the University of Lagos; professor emeritus, community health, university of Maiduguri; former president of the Nigerian Academy of Science and former president, medical schools in Africa.
Professor Umaru Shehu received the Centenary award from President Goodluck Jonathan.
Professor Umaru Shehu bagged his first degree in Medicine, (MBBS), from the University of London and capped the feat with a fellowship of the institute of cancer research while serving as the editor-in-chief of the British Medical.
Professor Umaru Shehu is not just a renowned Nigerian professor of medicine, he is a genuine icon, true elder statesman and great role model. He is one of those few who still command genuine public respect on account of the quality of his person at a time when integrity and honour are in short supply.
Professor Umaru Shehu started work as a Pre-registration house surgeon, Southport infirmary, the United Kingdom in 1957. He returned to Nigeria and served the government of Northern Nigeria as Pre-registration house physician, the same year, and was promoted to the rank of a medical officer, from 1957-1963; senior medical officer, from 1963-1965; principal medical officer, from 1965-1966; assistant chief medical officer, from 1966-1967 and chief medical officer, (Preventive Services Division), from 1967-1968.
He was then redeployed to North-Eastern State as permanent secretary, ministry of health and chief medical officer, an offer he declined and moved to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to take up the appointment as a reader and acting head of the department of community medicine, from 1968-1970; deputy dean, faculty of medicine, from 1968-1970; acting director, institute of health, from 1969-1970; Professor of community medicine, in 1970.
He became head of department, community medicine, from 1970-1978; director, institute of health, from 1970-1977; deputy vice-chancellor, from 1975-1976; Pro vice-chancellor (Academic), from 1977-1978. The professor held visiting professorships in various universities, including the school of medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, from 1976-1977.
The renowned prof was appointed vice-chancellor, university of Nigeria, Nsukka, from 1978-1980. He also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) as short term consultant, (working group on health services and manpower development mechanism) in Geneva, in September 1970; appointed temporary adviser, in October 1970; short-term consultant, from 1971-1973; consultant (Technical Discussions), 24th WHO regional committee for Africa.
He was a national WHO program coordinator/representative in Nigeria, from 1980-1985; director, WHO sub-regional health development office 111, from 1985-1989 and WHO representative to Ethiopia, in 1990. At the University of Maiduguri, Prof Umaru Shehu…