ABOUT BOTANY DEPARTMENT
The Botany Department was carved out from Biological Sciences in January 2020. After inception of the University in 2004, Botany was one of the three programmes under the Department of Biological Sciences.
From a modest beginning with 22 students and four members of staff, within three years, the Department has grown tremendously both in number of Students and Staff.
At inception, the Biological Sciences Department was under the coordination of Dr. E Karu up to October 2006 when the pioneer Head of Department in the person of Dr. (Mrs) V. M. Y Dan was appointed. Within her tenure the Department was able to acquire a well-equipped laboratory and an established Botanical garden to enhance research within the Department. Dr. Fatima Tahir became the Head of Department from 2007 – October 2010. Dr A. G. Ezra was appointed Head of Department by the Vice Chancellor from November 2010 to January, 2016. Dr. D. M. Umar also was appointed Head of Department with effect from 1st February 2016. And December, 2019 the senate approved the splitting of Biological Sciences into three Departments; Biology, Botany and Zoology. Thereafter, in January, 2020; Dr. Halima M. Abba was appointed the pioneer Head of Department of Botany.
The Department over the period of its existence has created links with sister Departments in other universities both within and outside the country, and also with research bodies such as the Nigerian Montane Forest Project at Ngel-Nyaki forests Mambila plateau in Taraba State, which is one of the field stations of the University. The Department has also been working with other Departments within the University to enhance collaborative research.
Currently, the Department ranks best within the Faculty of Science and even the whole University.
It is indeed our desire that within the nearest possible future, the Department of Botany is going to grow in leaps and bounds under the headship of Dr. Halima M. Abba.