Tiv paramount Ruler, Prof. Ayatse emerges UNIBEN new Chancellor

The Tor Tiv (Lion of Tiv people), His Royal Majesty, Professor James Ortese Ayatse, has been named the new Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Edo State.

The Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja. He said the appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Prof. Ayatse, paramount ruler of Tiv people in Benue state, replaces Sanusi II, former Emir of Kano, who was last year deposed as Emir of Kano while still serving as the UNIBEN Chancellor.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, via mail, Minister Adamu said the President also approved the appointments of other traditional rulers for 42 federal universities.

The new UNIBEN Chancellor was born on May 12, 1956. He graduated from University of Ibadan in 1978, University of Calabar 1982, University of Surrey, England 1987 with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Biochemistry respectively.

He also possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from UNICAL. Prof. Ayatse is a fellow of several institutes and professional bodies including Institute of Medical Laboratory Science, United Kingdom. He is also a member New York Academy of Science and Member, Institute of Biology, UK.

He was Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi from 2001 to 2006, and pioneer Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina state. Prof. Ayatse contested the Benue North senatorial district during the 2011 general elections under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost.

Prof. Ayatse was elected and coronated as the fifth Tor Tiv in 2016. He polled 39 out of a total of 46 votes in the keenly contested election. Ayatse is a Christian and married to Mrs Felicia. Their marriage is blessed with four children.

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