The Pro-Chancellor, and chairman governing council of the university of Jos, Prince Tony Momoh has challenged authorities of the Institution to source for other means of funding the university for maximum productivity.
Prince Momoh, a former minister of information gave the charge Sunday night, at the opening ceremony of a two day, 13th governing council retreat of the university of Jos, holding at HBC Resorts Vom, Jos south local government area of Plateau state.
Speaking on unnecessary delay in graduating students by the university due to challenges, the university of Jos governing council chairman Prince Tony Momoh tasked the university authority not to prolong graduation of undergraduate students.
“It is disheartening to hear that a four year course lingers for about six years, this trend causes educational set back.”
Addressing the gathering, vice chancellor of the university of Jos Prof Sebastian Maimako, told the chairman governing council that the major challenge of the university of Jos was poor funding since forty years of it establishment.
Prof Maimako also stated that the university of Jos was been faced with infrastructural deficits, he however added that with the intervention agencies, particularly TETFUND, some new structures are been constructed.
The vice chancellor lamented that the university of Jos was paying 12 million Naira monthly as elect-city bills consumed mostly by students at hostels, who according to the vice chancellor cause by heavy usage of electric appliances.
The university Don also revealed that students are over stretching facilities at hostels due to human congestion in rooms. “You can imagine a four bed space room is occupy by close to ten students.”
The minister of education Mallam Adamu Adamu, was represented at the retreat by Mrs Esther Para Dike.
It was gathered that the university of Jos governing council retreat is aimed at looking for possible means of funding the University, because all federal universities in Nigeria are been directed to derive other ways of funding.
On his part, the Executive Director Advancement office Mr Yakubu Gomos, said the university of Jos advancement office has since it establishment has trained staffers in 25 universities across Nigeria.
Mr. Gomos added that the Advancement office of the university of Jos is the only on still functional among numerous once earlier established. The Advancement office who are facilitators of the retreat.
Other paper presented during the opening ceremony include “governing and administration in Tertiary Education: The role of governing council” by the Pro-chancellor Prince Tony Momoh.
Another paper presentation was by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academies, (DVC) Prof Teresa Nmadu, entitled “Vision, Mission and core values of university of Jos; Historical review of the successes and challenges.”
The 13 governing council retreat ends This Monday, with expectations that core values of the university of Jos will be followed strictly.