Rarely has a Xavier faculty member been called upon by a government for the contribution of his or her services. But for chemistry professor Aaron Baba, that’s exactly what happened. Baba was commissioned by Nigeria’s Kogi State Government to be a special advisor on technological development in 2008. He took a leave of absence at that time, and then resigned from Xavier this spring when he was promoted to Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Technology.
“As a result of the low level of development in Nigeria and Kogi State in particular, my experiences, training and skill set were needed to contribute to the development of the minerals, agriculture, tourism and human capacity potentials,” says Baba. “I was torn between my loyalty to the University that provided me the opportunity for professional academic growth and my commitment to improving the lives of fellow Kogi State citizens.”