University of Jos - News

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako has commended members of the University community for the courage displayed in responding to the fire incidence that gutted the Library complex at the Naraguta Campus of the University. The Vice-Chancellor said the resilience demonstrated by both Staff and Students following the incidence and in contributing to the smooth take-off of the “Operation Beauty From Ashes” campaign geared towards rebuilding the Library, was adequate testimony that the University could surmount any adversity by working together in harmony.

Professor Maimako stated this while receiving a delegation from the American Embassy in Abuja led by the Cultural Affairs Officer, Mr Lawrence Socha in his office.

The Vice-Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Teresa Nmadu noted that one of the tangible benefits resulting from the tragedy was the spirit of camaraderie exhibited by members of the University community whom have taken the lead in the mobilization process for rebuilding the Library. Professor Maimako explained that TETfund, which is the major funding agency for tertiary education in Nigeria on behalf of the Federal Government, had visited the University to assess the extent of damage of the Library complex and had undertaken to restore the building to its original state.

The University Chief Executive appreciated the American Embassy in Nigeria for its long-standing partnership with the University especially through the establishment of an ‘American Corner’ in the University and expressed optimism for stronger future collaboration.

Also contributing, the University Librarian, Dr Stephen Akintunde said since the launch of the “Operation Beauty from Ashes” campaign, the University has received many donations in cash and kind from various institutions, public spirited individuals and organizations towards the assisting in the rebuilding process of the burnt Library. Dr Akintunde disclosed that an online platform had been created to ensure that all donations received both nationally and internationally are acknowledged in an open and transparent manner. He said the University would appreciate more donations of books, classified materials and other published resources and sought the cooperation of the American Embassy in this regard.

Earlier, the Cultural Affairs Officer in the American Embassy in Abuja, Mr Lawrence Socha said they were in the University as part of the effort to strengthen their partnership with Unijos in many diverse areas. Mr Socha noted that the Embassy had closely collaborated with the University over the years through several exchange programmes, creative initiatives and speaker programmes and would want to explore other opportunities available for greater engagement.

The Cultural Affairs Officer said the Embassy was interested in knowing the level of damage the University suffered as a result of the inferno so as to determine which areas it could be of assistance.
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