FIAU’s 4th Annual Global Meeting 

Theme: “Pathways to Building Resilient African Higher Education for Economic Development”


African higher education institutions face innovation barriers, exacerbated by post-COVID-19 challenges. In Nigeria, financial constraints and crumbling infrastructures worsen the employability skills gap, leading to high graduate unemployment. This year, the forum will explore pathways to resilient higher education, focusing on financing, skills development, infrastructure, and curriculum alignment,

Panel Tracks


Financing & resourcing: Harnessing revenue diversification models to reduce higher education dependency on public funding.


Skills development and Acquisition: Embed entrepreneurship education across curricula and integrating practical skills acquisition, upskill teachers to embrace new teaching technologies.


Infrastructure and Technology Acquisition: collaboration with technology firms and donors to access the latest 4.0 technologies to improve teaching, learning and research.


Curriculum and Policy Advocacy: Design curriculum provision and research to address employability gaps and societal challenges.

Opening Remarks

His Excellency Dr George Akume

Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Special Guests of Honour

Her Excellency, Prof. Sarah Agbor

African Union Commissioner, 2017-2022. (Guest of Honour)

His Excellency, Uba Maigari Ahmadu

Minister of State, Steel Development

Professor Tahir Mamman (SAN, OON)

Minister of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Chief Uche Nnaji

Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation

Keynote Panel

Mr Chris Jibreel Maiyaki

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission

Professor Yvonne Beach

Pro Vice-Chancellor and head, College of Business and Law, University of the West of England, UK.

Prof. Paulinus Okwelle

 Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)

Prof. Idris Bugaje

FNSEChE, FSESN, C.Engr. Exe. Sec., National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Debra Hinds

Pro Vice-Chancellor Partnerships, Arden University United Kingdom.

Mr Colin Sirett

Former Head of Research and Technology Airbus UK/Europe.

Professor Lilian Salami

Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin.

Event Partners

Accelerating Innovation of African Higher Education

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George Akume born 27 December 1953, is a Nigerian politician who is the current and 21st Secretary to the Government of the Federation, appointed by President Bola Tinubu. He served as minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs under President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2023. He was the Senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial District from 2007 to 2019.

He was also the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015. He served as the governor of Benue State from May 1999 to May 2007. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Political career
In 1999, he became governor of Benue State and served two terms of four years. He won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria’s senate. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform.

He was nominated and confirmed a minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nigeria by Muhammadu Buhari. On 2 June 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed him Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Tahir Mamman SAN OON (born 7 July 1954) is a Nigerian lawyer, professor and academic who is the current minister of education of Nigeria. He was the director-general of the Nigerian Law School from 2005 to 2013. He was a one-time vice-chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and member governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).[1]

He was appointed minister of Education by President Bola Tinubu on 16 August 2023.

He is a recognized member of the Body of Benchers. In 2010, he became a board member of the International Association of Law Schools based in Washington DC. In September 2015, he was conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). In recognition of his efforts, the Federal Government of Nigeria bestowed him with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

Mamman joined party politics in 2014 after completing his tenure as director general of the Nigerian Law School. He ran for the Adamawa State governorship election on the platform of the APC in December 2014 along with three other aspirants. In June 2020, the All Progressives Congress national executive committee appointed and inaugurated him as a Member representing the northeast geopolitical zone/acting national vice chairman northeast in the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the All Progressives Congress. He holds the chieftains titles of Dan Ruwata Adamawa Emirate and Dokajin Mubi of Adamawa State.