Director’s Profile

Dr Maryam Sali
Director's Profile

Dr. Maryam Sali FNLA, is the Ag. Director, Student Support Services of the National Universities Commission (NUC).She holds a Diploma in Library Science (DLS) and Bachelor of Library Science (B.LS) Second Class Upper from the University of Maiduguri. In addition, she has a Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) both in Library and Information Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Dr. Sali attended various local and international short term training courses in Monitoring and Evaluation, Library and Information Services as well as Entrepreneurship Education.

She joined the services of the NUC in October, 1993 as a librarian II officer and rose through the ranks. Along the line, she served the Commission in various capacities and Directorates. She served as a  librarian in the Library Services Division of the then Department of Academic planning and also as a Principal and an Assistant Chief Quality Assurance officer in the Department of Quality Assurance now known as the Directorate of Quality Assurance. She further served as a chief and Deputy Director, Inspection and Monitoring until July, 2017 when she was redeployed to the Directorate of Student Support Services as Deputy Director, Careers Services.

Dr. Sali was appointed Ag. Director, Student Support Services with effect from 1st August, 2017.

Vision

To be a catalyst in the Commission’s drive to deploy strategies for the improvement of the Nigerian University Students’ learning environment and development of better career opportunities and sense of social responsibility.

Mission

To deploy management initiatives and strategies that will support universities to provide and ensure that students acquire critical life skills for informed career choices and social responsibility.

Mandate & Functions
  • Advocate for and coordinate scholarship opportunities, and the establishment of Counselling/ Human Development Centre;
  • Coordinate and facilitate the emergence of Entrepreneurship Study Centres to promote the entrenchment of a culture of entrepreneurship amongst University Students;
  • Develop and promote regulatory framework for best practices that will engender student satisfaction and the best possible students experience through quality Student Support Services and Welfare Services in the Nigerian University System;
  • Any other intervention to encourage the acquisition of leadership skills, national values and culture, sportsmanship, the eradication of anti-social behavior, and the promotion of peaceful coexistence;
  • Supervise the organization of Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) competition as well as periodic collegial games to ensure maximum use of sporting facilities;
  • Facilitate and ensure the provision of sporting facilities and the practice of sports as contribution to the socio-cultural and economic regeneration of university communities;
  • Facilitate the development and integration of Gender Education in the Nigerian University System and monitor the implementation of Government policies on gender and other related issues in Nigerian Universities; and
  • Facilitate and ensure the evolution of advocacy programmes on gender equity in Nigerian in line with best practices

Directorate’s Divisions

Career Services Division

CAREER SERVICES DIVISION HEADED BY MR. AHMED RUFAI   (CHIEF STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER)

The Division has the following Sections:

  • Career Infrastructure and Counseling Services,
  • Leadership Development.

FUNCTIONS OF THE DIVISION:

  • Advocate for and coordinate scholarship opportunities, and the establishment of Counselling/ Human Development Centre;
  • Encouraging universities to develop mechanisms that will help students acquire requisite Leadership skills; and
  • Ensure in Collaboration with other agencies, that universities incorporate and transmit to students, national values and orientation
Entrepreneurship Development Division

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION HEADED BY MR. O. OSAYANDE (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)

This Division has the following sections:

  • Entrepreneurship Capacity Building Unit.
  • Entrepreneurship Development Unit.

FUNCTIONS OF THE DIVISION:

  • Coordinate and facilitate the emergence of Entrepreneurship Study Centres to promote the entrenchment of a culture of entrepreneurship amongst University Students;
  • Assisting towards building and strengthening capacity for the implementation of entrepreneurship education programme in all Universities; and
  • Supporting collaboration in Entrepreneurship with relevant stakeholders.
Student Welfare & Gender Issues Division

STUDENTS’ WELFARE AND GENDER ISSUES HEADED BY MISS RITA OKONJO (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)

This Division has the following sections:

  • Campus Safety Unit
  • Communications Services Unit
  • Gender Issues Unit.

FUNCTIONS OF THE DIVISION:

  • Develop policies and guidelines that will ensure adequate provision of student support facilities and welfare services on university campuses;
  • Supervise and monitor the implementation of strategies aimed at eradicating anti-social behavior, and the promotion of peaceful co-existence;
  • Supervise the organization of Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) competition as well as periodic collegial games to ensure maximum use of sporting facilities;
  • Facilitate and ensure the provision of sporting facilities and the practice of sports as contribution to the socio-cultural and economic regeneration of university communities;
  • Facilitate the development and integration of Gender Education in the Nigerian University System and monitor the implementation of Government policies on gender and other related issues in Nigerian Universities; and
  • Facilitate and ensure the evolution of advocacy programmes on gender equity in Nigerian in line with best practices