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Ex-FCE Zaria provost Dr Ladan dies at 60

The immediate past Provost of Federal College of Education (FCE) Zaria, Dr Abdullahi Ango Ladan has died after a brief illness, family sources informed Dateline Nigeria.

Ladan died in the early hours of Monday and his janaza (funeral prayers) will hold by 2:30pm at his residence in Unguwan Iya, Zaria city.

Born in Zaria, Kaduna State on January 1, 1961, Dr Ladan attended L.E.A. Primary School Zangon Kataf from 1970-1975, Kagoro Teachers College from 1975 – 1980 and Advanced Teachers College (ATC), now FCE Zaria, from 1982 – 1985.

He had his Barchelor’s and Master’s Degrees as well as Ph.D at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria between 1988 and 2005.

Dr Ladan was February 4, 2017 appointed the provost of FCE Zaria. Before his appointment, he was at the Department of Psychology, School of Education, F.C.E., Zaria.

Dateline Nigeria had in February this year did a story on the uncertainty in FCE Zaria over the appointment of provost after the expiration of Dr Ladan’s tenure on 4th February, 2021.

In the absence of formal communication reappointing Dr. Ladan for a second term, the Deputy Provost of the college, Dr. Suleiman Balarabe, assumed the duties of the provost in acting capacity.

The staff union had opposed a second term for Dr. Ladan, accusing him of neglecting the welfare of staff, among others.

When contacted, Dr. Ladan said “Some people are not happy that I became provost for the first time. I have maintained sealed lips since I asked my deputy to oversee the affairs of the college pending the decision of the federal government and I would continue to maintain that position.” 

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