Chris Mayaki

Director, Special Duties and LEADS PROGRAMME
National Universities Commission Nigeria

Mr. Christopher J. Maiyaki graduated, with a Bsc in International
Relations from the famous Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He also
obtained a Master in International Law and Diplomacy degree from the
University of Jos in 1991. He has also attended training programmes
which appertain to procurement & project management, computer
application to human resource management.

Mr. Maiyaki started his public service career 23 years ago as a young
Administrative Officer in the Policy & Administrative arm of the
Cabinet Office in the Governor’s Office in Plateau State. Subsequent
to this, he joined the National Universities Commission on
inter-service transfer in 1993, where he was appointed Administrative
Secretary of the World Bank Project Implementation Unit of the
National Universities Commission, which executed the $120m Credit
facility for twenty federal universities. At the expiration of that
project which was adjudged to be one of the best administered in the
Word Bank portfolio in Nigeria, Mr. Maiyaki was redeployed to work in
the various arms of the National Universities Commission, where he has
fulfilled various secondary leadership function positions.

Mr. Maiyaki has been invited to form part of and participated in
various adhoc committees and panels formed to address problems in NUC
to deal with policy, general coordination and regulation of university
education in Nigeria. He has also participated in the recent promotion
of bilateral cooperation between the NUC and diplomatic missions
located in Nigeria and beyond. For instance, between 2000-2001, he
served on the Secretariat of the Government Negotiating Team set up to
negotiate thorny issues with staff unions associated with the
universities. More recently, he formed part of the Adhoc Committee to
develop the blue print for Open & Distance Learning, among several
other assignments .

Mr. Maiyaki has developed solid organisational, managerial and
negotiation skills at the National Universities Commission. He served the current executive secretary as Deputy Director/ Chief of Staff. The governing board of NUC was to later appoint him a substantive director of special duties and protocol responsible for implementing two presidential scholarships and the linkages with experts and academics in the diaspora scheme.

His hobbies include international & current affairs, football and reading.