Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, OON,
- past AWAU Chairman (5th October, 2016 to 10th October, 2019)
Abdul Ganiyu Ambali (born November 29, 1957) is a Nigerian academic, administrator and former vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin. Ambali was also former chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU), and a recipient of one of Nigeria's highest honours, CON.
Abdul Ganiyu Ambali was born in Ilorin, Kwara State to the family of Mall. Ambali Gidado and Mrs. Husseina Angulu. Ambali had his primary education at Pakata Primary School, Ilorin, he proceeded to McBride Secondary School Jalingo, (now Government Secondary School, Jalingo) in Taraba State, Nigeria. Abdul was awarded a scholarship from the Borno State government to pursue an undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University which he completed in 1981. He had his masters and Doctorate degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Ambali became a Member of College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria, (MCVSN) in 2004 and Fellow of College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN) in 2009
Abdul Ganiyu started his career as an Assistant at the University of Maiduguri immediately after his National service where he served with the Ministry of Rural & Community Development, Kano in 1982. Ambali became a Professor in 1995. He has served as a member of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Department of Livestock Services of the Federal Livestock Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, monitoring the accreditation of several institutions, industries and agencies. As the vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, he stated that "his target for the university is for it to be the number one varsity in Africa"
Ambali served as the Collation Officer for 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria and Returning Officer for Governorship election for Niger State.
Ambali was a recipient of several awards some of which includes
- Distinguished Veterinarian Award, 2013, by the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA)
- Fellow of Science Association of Nigeria (SAN)
- Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria
- Fellow of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria
- National Merit Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Ambali is married with children, and his hobbies are playing football, watching wildlife films and listening to music.