Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)



Professor Riskuwa Arabu Shehu was born on 20th June, 1960 at Tambuwal in Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State. He attended Town Primary School, Tambuwal from 1968 – 1974, Government Secondary School Yabo from 1974 – 1979, University of Sokoto (Now Usmanu Danfodiyo University) from 1979 – 1984 and University of Essex, Colchester, England from 1989 – 1992. He holds a B.Sc in Biochemistry and a Ph.D in Biological Chemistry.

He did his National Youth Service at Ayegbe Comprehensive Grammar School Ise, Ondo State, Nigeria in 1984 – 1985 after which he took up appointment as Technologist II with the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto (Chemical Pathology Unit) from 1985 – 1986.

He joined the services of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto as a Graduate Assistant in 1986 and rose to the rank of Professor of Biochemistry in 2005. He was at the King Khalid Military Academy Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 1996 – 1998.

He served as external examiner in Bayero University Kano, University of Ilorin, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He has presented many conference papers and published several articles in both local and international journals. His area of specialization is Protein Biochemistry.

He is a member of Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Science Association of Nigeria and Solar Energy Society of Nigeria.

He held many positions at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He was acting Head of Department of Biochemistry from 1995 – 1996, Deputy Dean, Post graduate school from Feb, 1999 – Jan 2000, acting Dean Post graduate School from Jan 2000 – June 2003, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) from 30th June, 2003 – Aug 2007 and Acting Vice Chancellor from February – April 2004 and Vice-Chancellor of the University from  July 2009 – July 2014.

He was conferred with National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the then President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, 2007, Fellowship Award (FAMLSN) of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria in 2010, Fellow, Solar Energy of Nigeria November 2010 and Fellow, Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2012.

He was the Chairman Technical Committee, Establishment of Sokoto State University, 2008 and a member of the Implementation Committee for the Sokoto State University. He was member Board of NYSC from 2012 to 2014. He was also the Chairman, Technical Committee for State of Emergency on Education in Sokoto State.

Professor R.A Shehu is currently the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Jigawa State.