Prof. Samuel Tswanya a professor of Applied Linguistics and communication skills of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University passed on, on Friday after a brief illness which lead to grief in the institution.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LATE PROFESSOR
The late Prof Tswanya was born in 1952. He was an indigene of Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
He was a civil servant in the state before joining service of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT MINNA) as a lecturer in 2002. He was appointed as Commissioner for Information, Arts and Culture in 1997.
In 2012, he joined the IBBU where he set up Faculty of Languages and Communication, and became its pioneer Dean.
He was the deputy vice chancellor till his death.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Muhammad Nasir Maiture, described the death of his deputy as “a tragic”, expressing his sympathy to staff and student. He said the management received the news of Twsanya’s death with rude shock.
In a statement to officially announce Tswanya’s death, the Deputy Registrar and Head of Information Unit, Mallam Baba Akote, described the late DVC as “a prolific scholar and erudite researcher”, saying he left unrivalled legacies in the school.
The statement reads: “The late Prof Tswanya was not only an erudite professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication Skills, but a university don on international repute. His outstanding contributions to the development of IBBU were immeasurable and would remain cherished legacies.
“The management of IBBU wishes to offer its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and teeming associates of the deceased over the irreparable loss. It is our belief that Prof. Twsanya’s soul will find eternal tranquility in the Lord’s bossom.”
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello also expressed shock over Twsanya’s death. He described the late DVC as a “brilliant scholar whose erudition and extraordinary wisdom will be greatly missed”.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, M. Jibrin Ndace, said: “Prof Twsanya left at a time the state and members of the academia needed him most to help rejuvenate the dwindling fortune of our education. His enduring footprints and sterling contributions are what will offer us a soothing comfort at this distraught moment.”
The late Tswanya has since been buried in his hometown of Mokwa.