Malam Adamu Fika: Pro-chancellor, chairman governing council ABU Zaria

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Malam Adamu Fika, CFR (Wazirin Fika) is a respected elder statesman and skilled administrator who is the Pro chancellor, Chairman, Governing council, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

He previously served as Permanent Secretary of six federal ministries as well as pioneer head of FCC and Wages Commission.

Malam Adamu Fika, CFR (Wazirin Fika) was born in Fika in the old Borno Province. He attended Kaduna Government College (now Barewa College) Zaria from 1948-51 as well as the Nigerian College of Arts Science and Technology, Zaria from 1952-1953 (now Ahmadu Bello University) where he was one of the pioneer students.

The Pioneer Students of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria. Amongst them are Prof. Iya Abubakar (Standing 3rd from left), late Malam Abu Egbunu (Standing 3rd from right), Alh. Adamu Fika, late Prof. Joseph Adetoro, Alh. Waziri Abdu, Alh. Muhammadu Dikko etc, 1953.

Malam Adamu Fika started his career as a Mathematics and Physics Teacher at Barewa College, Zaria in 1956.

He was transferred to Teach at Government Secondary School, Katsina-Ala, Benue State, 1958 where his students General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma and the late emir of Lafia, Isa Mustapha Agwai who both graduated in 1958.

He was appointed Provincial Inspector of Education, Provincial Education Officer, Zaria, 1960 and later Inspector of Education, Adamawa Province, Yola, 1962.

He became the Principal, Federal Training Centre (FTC), Kaduna, 1962.

Malam Adamu Fika was appointed Deputy Secretary, Interim Common Services Agency, 1968 – 1970 and later appointed Secretary, Interim Common Services Agency, 1970. He was appointed Commissioner of Finance, North- Eastern State in 1972.

After serving for three years as a commissioner, Malam Adamu Malam moved to the federal civil service where he was appointed at various times Permanent Secretary in the following Ministries: Internal Affairs 1975, Commerce 1979, Public Service Department, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, 1981 – 1982; Communications 1982-1984.

He was also Permanent Secretary, Police Affairs Department, Executive Office of the President; and later Federal Capital Territory and Chief Executive, Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja, 1984.

Malam Adamu Fika was appointed Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in January 1986 where he served until he retired from the Federal Public Service in April 1988.

His services continued to be sought even after retirement. He was appointed Chairman, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), from March 1989-1990.

Chairman, Administrative Secretary by the Federal Government for Social Democratic Party, 1990.

He was also chairman United Bank for Africa (Government Appointee) January 1990 – March 1993, Clerk and Director General of the National Assembly, 1992 – 1993; First Chairman Salaries and Wages Commission, September 1992- March 1993, First Chairman  Federal Character Commission, December 1995- March 2001.

He is a deserved recipient of many honours and awards including Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) by the Federal Government (1992) and LL.D Honoris Causa by Bayero University in 1992.

He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)

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