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Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke (Godfrey Okoye University)

Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AE-FUNAI)

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Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) was founded in 2011, which makes it one of the youngest publicly owned universities in Nigeria. From inception, the university was founded on the ethos of excellence and integrity. AE-FUNAI is located in Ndufu-Alike, a rural community in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Ebonyi State is possibly the most deprived of all the states in the South East of Nigeria in terms of citizens’ access to higher education. Being a publicly owned non-profit institution, AE-FUNAI has very challenging funding constraints. This situation has tended to limit the capacity of the university to fulfill its mandate of providing access to quality education to many people in our region. To bridge this gap, the university welcomes the support of external governments, agencies and individuals. In this regard, help from the Africa-UniNet initiative, supported by the Austrian government with the primary aim of building sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between Austrian and African Universities is particularly welcome.

Given the background our institution, AE-FUNAI, we believe that we could benefit from most of the espoused objectives of the Africa-UniNet initiatives

  • Contributing to sustainable development in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Establishing an excellent network by promoting cooperation between academic institutions
  • Initiating research projects and research education projects interesting for all parties
  • Establishing contacts with governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Creating a platform for long-term scientific discourses
  • Establishing a solid communication structure between Austrian and African higher education institutions and scientific institutions
  • Providing expertise on the higher education and research landscape in Austria and Africa
  • Raising donations and third-party funds

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Membership: Since 2020


Dr. Chukwunonye Ezeah, Director


Chukwunonye EZEAH is a registered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), with nearly two decades of frontline teaching experience in the Higher Education sector, on environmental engineering subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to taking up faculty position at AE-FUNAI, he was a Lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, UK. He possess demonstrated research and analytical skills supported by polished project management abilities. In between studies, Ezeah had worked in the industry for a number of high profile organizations including Japanese Gas Company in a joint venture with Exxon Mobil. Ezeah is a regular presenter at international scientific conferences and author of a significant number of high impact journal publications as well as book chapters. His research interests focus primarily on Waste technology and management strategies and environmental pollution control. Ezeah also has research interests in the broader environmental issues relating to climate change impact and adaptation.

Federal University Dutse (FUD)

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Federal University Dutse based in Jigawa State Nigeria, was established in March, 2011 with 206 pioneer students. The University’s campus is located in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa state Nigeria. Dutse is an ancient town in the north western Nigeria and as the University’s host town, Dutse, offers the charm of a small agricultural town, with a unique mix of rocky and sand dunes landscape dotted with date palm trees growing all over the land. The University offers various degree programmes in Sciences, Arts, Social and Management Sciences and Agriculture at Faculties of Science, Agriculture, Art and Social Sciences, Computing and Basic Medical Sciences. The School of Post Graduate Studies equally offers postgraduate degrees and Diplomas in various field similar to those in undergraduate level The University grew to have a student population of around 8000 by the end of 2018.

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Membership: Since 2020


Prof. Abdulkarim Sabo Mohammed; Deputy Vice Chancellor

Obtained his Bachelor Degree in Applied Biology from Bayero University, Kano in 1989, Master degree in Food Biotechnology from University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom in 1995 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Enzyme and Food Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2006. He was a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Biological Science, Bayero University Kano (1990 – 1992) and a lecturer (1990 to 1997), an Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2006 – 2017) and now a Professor of Enzyme and Food Biotechnology at the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, He was the Deputy director Teaching and Research (2017- 2018) and currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Services Federal University Dutse Jigawa State. His academic career spun over 25 years with vast experience in Research and Teaching at the university and has authored over 90 publications in international journals and international conference proceedings.

Godfrey Okoye University (GO UNI)

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Godfrey Okoye University is a Catholic University of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Enugu state-Nigeria. It was founded by Rev. Fr. Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke and established in 2009 by the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The university is reputed as one of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria offering quality education at an affordable cost. The philosophy of Godfrey Okoye University is based on the nature of human being as a social being and a dialogue seeking being. From this point of view the university understands education as a dialogical process of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. As its mission, Godfrey Okoye University dedicates itself to impart quality education aimed at inculcating in students strong personality that will ensure the promotion of religious, cultural and epistemological dialogue. The vision of Godfrey Okoye University is to produce graduates who would be outstanding in learning, balanced in character, personality and ready to pursue epistemic unity in all its ramification.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke; Vice-Chancellor and Board Member of Africa-UniNet

Christian Anieke was born in Nigeria on 10 October 1965. After studying English and Literary Studies (BA/Ed), Philosophy (BA) and Theology (B.Theol.), he got a full scholarship to round off his priestly formation and studies at the University of Innsbruck. At the University of Innsbruck he got a master’s degree (M.Theol.) in Theology. He also obtained another master’s degree (MA) and a doctorate degree (PhD) in English and American Literary Studies. Christian founded Godfrey Okoye University (a vary famous university belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Enugu in Nigeria) in 2009 and since then has been the Vice Chancellor (Rektor). He is also an honorary citizen of Mitterkirchen in Upper Austria. A professor of English and Literary Studies, Christian’s research centres on intercultural communication in postcolonial literature.

Igbinedion University Okada (IUO)

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Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), in Edo State, Nigeria, is the premier private University in the country, having been licensed to operate as a private university with Certificate No. 001 that was issued on 10th May 1999. With the huge successes that the University has recorded since its inception, the University's pioneering role in private sector tertiary education experimentation is already firmly established. The date, 10th May - has since been recognised as our Founder's Day and 10th May 2020, being our 21st Anniversary, was recently celebrated in style.

Since the establishment of the university, the University has grown in staff strength and student enrolment, spread over seven (7) Colleges (Faculties) with 47 programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. All our programmes are fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) – a Commission responsible for Universities’ regulation in Nigeria and their academic programmes. Our programmes are also accredited by the various regulatory professional bodies, such as the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (Medicine & Surgery), Council of Legal Education (Law), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (Engineering), Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (Nursing), Computer Professionals - Registration Council of Nigeria (Computer Communication and Information Technology - IT), Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (Medical Lab. Science) etc.

The University has graduated over 10,000 students from undergraduate level and over 500 students at postgraduate level. A corpus of distinguished honorary alumni, fellows and affiliates across the globe, that includes the late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa; Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica; Dr. John Kufuor, former President of Ghana; Alhaji Shehu Shagari, former President of Nigeria; General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria former Head of State; King Zwelithini Goodwill Kabhekuzulu of Zululand, South-Africa; Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Ooni of Ife, King Otumfuo, the Asantehene of Ghana, Mrs. Ida Betty Odinga, Wife of the former Prime Minister of Kenya. This and other successes recorded by the University were made possible by the well-motivated staff of the University, numbering over 600.

The University has gradually transformed into a smart university with its recent admittance into four (4) leading world-acclaimed ICT academies: Microsoft, Huawei, MikroTik and Cisco. It is also instructive to note IUO's Centres of Excellence: Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs, Centre for Presidential Studies, Centre for Climate Change & Sustainable Development Goals, and the Centre for Leadership & Governance - have become the precursor for our peers and contemporaries.

In furtherance of academic growth and excellence, the University is in partnership with institutions of higher learning and other private and public organizations, both local and international, which includes Lancaster University – Uk, Gaia Education – Scotland, Association of African Universities (AAU) – Ghana, Embassy of the United States of America, British Council – UK, University of Benin, National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Cutix PLC, Florson World Industries, Benin Film Academy, and other professional bodies such as Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) amongst others.

The University has an excellent team of management and Research Team. It also has a teaching hospital known as Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (IUTH), a multi-campus, vast expanse of land for project development and expansion, and serene environment conducive for learning. IUO has become a point of reference in the rejuvenated education sector as one of Nigeria’s leading and prestigious private university.

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Membership: Since 2020


Prof. Deborah Omotsefe Odejimi PhD, Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Professor Deborah Omotsefe Odejimi PhD, FIPMD, MRES, FMNES, FCAARS, JP - Professor of Finance & Development Economics - is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria. She graduated from the University of Benin with BSc in Business Administration (1986) and MSc in Economics and Statistics (1994). In 2012, she got her PhD (Finance) from Igbinedion University, Okada. Professor Odejimi joined the service of Igbinedion University, Okada in November 2001 as Lecturer II, haven spent 13 years lecturing in Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri. She rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2019. She was Head, Department of Economics and Development Studies for five years and Dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences for four years. Professor Odejimi has attended, chaired and presented papers in several academic conferences in Nigeria, Canada, UK, South Africa and the USA. She has published extensively both in local and international peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the African Think Tank Network (ATTN), Nigerian Economic Society and the Nigerian Environmental Society. Professor Odejimi is a four-time NESA award winner of ‘Best Lecturer of the Year’. Prof. Odejimi has supervised many postgraduate students both at the Master and PhD levels. She has worked extensively on Micro-credits and women empowerment, gender inequality, the informal sector and Economic development amongst others. Professor Odejimi loves travelling, music and reading medical journals. She is married and blessed with children.

Redeemer’s University (RUN)

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Redeemer's University is a leading Private Higher Education Institution licensed in 2005 by the National Universities Commission in Nigeria. It has a vision to be the foremost academic institution setting standards through continuous commitment to excellence geared towards making a transformative impact on society. Her mission is to continuously impact the society through commitment to excellence in education, research, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and raising global leaders as change agents imbued with God-fearing attributes. The University is located in the South-West of Nigeria, precisely in Ede, Osun State. The University has eight Faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environmental Sciences. There are thirty-nine Departments that make up these Faculties. The Chancellor of the University is Retired General T. Y. Danjuma and the Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor Anthony Enitan Akinlo. The University is currently running both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which have been fully accredited by the National Universities Commission in Nigeria. The University has 180 academic staff members and a total student population of over 2,100. The University is home to the World Bank funded African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) which has contributed to the fight against infectious diseases like Ebola, Lassa fever and currently COVID-19. In 2019, the University was awarded the best Private University in the South West Nigeria especially because of her research output.

Membership: Since 2021


Prof. Adebola Adebileje, Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Professor Adebola Adebileje is a Professor of Applied English Linguistics. Her areas of interest are English as a Second Language, Nigerian English, English Syntax, Sociolinguistics, and Onomastics. She attended University of Ilorin, Ilorin where she had her PhD (English Language Education) in 2002. Her research focus largely dwells on actual language use in which she compares and examines processes, patterns and structures (Syntax) between languages, especially, indigenous languages and the English Language; and identifying challenges in the actual use of language (English as a Second Language) by students, teachers and the Nigerian society (social influence) at large. She joined the services of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State in 2005 where she lectures in the Department of English. She was the pioneer Coordinator, English Department 2005-2009; the Ag. Director, Directorate of General Studies Programmes (DGSP) from 2014 to 2016; and the Dean, Faculty of Humanities from 2018 to 2019. She rose through the ranks to become a full Professor in 2016 and she is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Professor Adebileje regularly attends conferences and workshops both locally and internationally where her research interests are portrayed through scholarly discourse and presentations. She has over forty publications in reputable local and international journals. Her current collaborative research, Diachronic Evolution of English in Nigeria is being sponsored by Redeemer’s University. Some Professional bodies she belongs to include Nigerian English Studies Association (NESA) now English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN); Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN); Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN); American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL); and Linguistic Society of America (LSA). She is the Vice President; Society for the Study of Names in Nigeria (SSNN) and Chairman to various key Committees of the University. Professor Adebola Adebileje loves teaching and mentoring students. She strongly believes in teamwork for building a great and successful organisation. She is a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God and happily married to Pastor Olusegun Adebileje. They are both blessed with children and grandchildren.

University of Abuja (UOA)

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The Capital city of Abuja is in the North Central Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which occupies a land area of 7,753.9 sq. km. The FCT shares boundaries with Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa and Niger States.

The University of Abuja was established on January 1st, 1988 as a dual mode University with the mandate to run both conventional and distance learning academic programmes. It was the first University in the country to assume such dual mandate at inception.

The establishment of the University was in recognition by the Federal Government that the new Federal Capital requires a first-class institution of higher learning that combines academic excellence with the pursuit of the Unity of Nigeria. The University provides educational opportunities to all persons without distinction of race, gender or political convictions. University of Abuja has abundant potential in view of its favored location.

Academic activities started on the mini - campus in 1990. In the same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja- Gwagwalada road for the development of its main campus. The University operates from both its Main Campus, along Abuja Airport Road, and the Mini - Campus in Gwagwalada while the Distance Learning offices of the University are located within the Municipality [Garki Area].

The University is within 10 minutes from the international airport and near a major road linking the northern and southern parts of the country and is therefore easily accessible by air and by road. The University is in close proximity to the seat of government which makes it easy to implement research findings and to translate research to policy.

Membership: Since 2021


Assoc. Prof Aisha Sani Maikudi;

Aisha Sani Maikudi was born in Zaria, Nigeria, on the 31st January. She received the LLB degree from the University of Reading in the UK, the LLM from the London School of Economics, UK, the BL from the Nigeria Law School and the Ph.D from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2007, she did the National Youth Service Corps at the Corporate Secretariat and Legal Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. In 2008, she joined the University of Abuja as a Lecturer 2 and in 2018, became an Associate Professor of International Law. To date, she is the youngest Associate Professor of the University of Abuja. She specializes in United Nations Law and has written extensively on the area. She floated a Postgraduate course on United Nations Law and has supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate works. In 2014, she became the first female Head of Department, from the Faculty of Law, in 2018, the first female Vice Dean, Faculty of Law and in 2019, the pioneer Director, University of Abuja International Centre. She is a Member of various professional associations: the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Law Teachers Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

University of Lagos (UNILAG)

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Membership: Since 2020


Prof. Oluwole Familoni; Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS)

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Brief Description of the University

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (formerly University of Sokoto until the change of name in 1988) is one of the four second generation universities established in 1975 by the Federal Government of Nigeria. At that time, three University Colleges were also upgraded and became full-pledged universities. These seven universities became popularly known as “Seven Sisters” or “Second Generation Universities”. These are: the University of Sokoto (renamed in 1988 as Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto); the University of Maiduguri; the University of Port Harcout; Bayero University, Kano; University of Calabar; University of Jos and University of Ilorin. The University is unique in the sense that of all the second generation Universities, it is the only one that started from scratch. In fact, by the time the pioneer Vice Chancellor was appointed, the University was no more than a concept or an idea; unlike the other six “Sisters” which had been Colleges of older Universities, or had inherited physical structures from where they started to operate. During its first convocation ceremony held on 22nd November, 1980, the University graduated its first set of students; a total of seventy-two students graduated during the period.

The University started to function at a temporary site, now referred to as the City Campus. Student enrolment into the University started in October, 1977 in the Faculties of Arts and Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Education and Extension Services and Science; and actual teaching began on 20th October, 1977 with ninety three undergraduate students and one hundred and two students enrolled into pre-degree programme. Movement to the Main Campus (now referred to as permanent site) began in 1982.

Development of Faculties, Schools, Centres and Programmes

As noted earlier, the University at inception started with only 4 Faculties: Arts and Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Education & Extension Services and Science. By 1985, the number of Faculties increased to 8 with the establishment of College of Health Sciences (CHS), Faculties of Law, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. The Postgraduate School was also established earlier in 1983. Faculties of Management Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences were established in 2002 and 2007 respectively, as well as School of Medical Laboratory Science in 2002. Faculty of Engineering was established in 2016 and the first set of students was admitted in the 2016/2017 academic session. Five Faculties were subsequently established in the CHS, viz: Faculty of Clinical Science and Faculty of Basic Medical Science, established in 2014; and the Faculty of Basic Clinical Science which was established in 2017, and Faculty of Dental Sciences established in 2019.

Currently (2020), the University has a total of 14 Faculties, a Postgraduate School, School of Medical Laboratory Science, six Research Centres, Central Research Laboratory and a number of other academic and non-academic support units. The Faculties are as follows: Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Basic Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Education & Extension Services, Engineering & Environmental Design, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. The Research Centres are: Sokoto Energy Research Centre (SERC), Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), Centre for Hausa Studies (Cibiyar Nazarin Hausa), Centre for Peace Studies (CPS), Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Training (CAMRET) and Centre for Agricultural and Pastoral Research (CAPAR). Two other Centres had existed before: Centres for Energy & Environment and Nomadic Education & Curriculum Development with support from the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency and Nomadic Education Commission respectively.

The University runs more than 50 undergraduate programmes in various fields of human endeavour i.e. Arts, Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences. Similarly, more 150 postgraduate programmes (PhD, MPhil, Masters’ and postgraduate diploma programmes) are being run by the University.

University Campuses

The University generally consists of three campuses that are geographically separated: The main campus – referred to as the Permanent Site, the City Campus and the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH). The two campuses aside the Permanent Site are located in the main Sokoto Township.

The Main Campus houses Central Administration Complex, Postgraduate School, Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Education and Extension Services, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Management Sciences and Engineering. The SERC, CPS, Division of General Studies and Central Research Laboratory are also located in the Permanent Site.

The City Campus houses Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (although, the Faculty would soon move to the Permanent Site) and Centres for Islamic and Hausa Studies. The UDUTH campus houses all programmes and Faculties under the College of Health Sciences, School of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


As a centre of learning, the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto shall promote and disseminate knowledge, pursue research, contribute to the universal truths and maintain the international character of a University. It shall specifically:

  • Endeavour to identify with the needs and aspirations of the people where it is located;
  • Uphold and develop the ideals of the community within which it is situated and at the same time promote national unity;
  • Cherish and preserve the cultural heritage of the society; and
  • Establish a two-way rapport between the University and the society. In pursuing its aims and objectives, the University will always be guided by the requirements of the national plan, manpower needs and sheer physical and environmental factors.

Objectives of the University

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Act states clearly the functions and the heights that the institution should aspire to attain through teaching, research and community service. The objectives of the University shall be:

  • to encourage the advancement of learning to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring liberal education;
  • to provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make these facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
  • to encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavour;
  • to relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria; and
  • to undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of highest standard.

Vision of the University

“To be a centre of excellence in terms of teaching, research and community service in all fields of human endeavour i.e. Arts, Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences”

Mission of the University

“To provide quality teaching, research and community service to deserving persons and communities, under the most peaceful atmosphere and in line with the national policy on education, irrespective of social class, gender, race, nationality and religion; and to ensure that at all times it serves as a centre for pursuit of research and academic excellence”.

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Prof. Dr. Lawal Suleiman Bilbis; Vice Chancellor

Professor Lawal Suleman Bilbis obtained a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Essex, Colchester in 1992, and rose to become a Professor of Biochemistry in 2002 at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS).

Bilbis has to his credit over 100 research publications in journals across the globe. His research papers are in the areas of protein chemistry, clinical and paediatric nutrition, elucidation of mechanism of action of antidiabetic, antihypertensive and antimalarial agents. His main research focus is however on oxidative stress and pathogenesis of traumatic brain injury, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has presented more than 70 research papers at conferences across the world and has 3 patents to his credit. He has attracted grants to support his research from agencies across the world and has supervised to completion 18 PhD theses, and several M.Sc. dissertations.

He was a Research Fellow at the King Khalid Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1996-1998). Bilbis was on the Executive Council of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB) between 1995 and 2011. He was the National President of the Society between 2007 and 2011. Currently he is on the Executive Council of Federated African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FNSBMB), Science Association of Nigeria (FSAN), Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (FSESN) and African Scientific Institute (FASI). Prof. Bilbis was Head, Department of Biochemistry, Deputy Dean, Dean of Science, Director University Development Office and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of UDUS. He was the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Federal University Birnin Kebbi and currently the Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

He is happily married with children and grandchildren.