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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian
Maimako has solicited the support of
National Assembly Members from Plateau State in the effort to improve
the fortunes of the University for
the better.

The Vice-Chancellor was speaking when he led other Principal Officers
of the University on a courtesy call
on the Federal Legislators in Abuja.

Professor Maimako explained that the University Management had
embarked on an advocacy visit to
critical stakeholders of the University to intimate them on the activities
of the University and the
challenges of operating under a difficult economic environment. While
describing the Legislators’ support
as vital to the University’s continuous growth and development, the
Vice-Chancellor commended them for
always showing active interest in matters affecting the University.

According to Professor Maimako, the University had contributed
immensely to the manpower
development of the nation by diligently discharging its core mandate of
teaching, research and providing
community services. He, however, expressed regret that despite the
University’s enviable record so far, it
is still grappling with many operational challenges such as
infrastructural deficit, security issues, financial
constraints among others. The Vice-Chancellor said such challenges
had rendered the University
handicapped in many ways including students admissions where only
about seven thousand candidates
could be admitted in the current exercise as against the almost thirty
thousand students that applied to
the University.

Professor Maimako sought for the support of the National Assembly
members from Plateau State towards
ensuring that the University not only remains afloat but continues to
expand its capacity to impact
positively on the lives of citizens of its catchment area and Nigerians at

Receiving the University delegation, Senator representing Plateau
South in the National Assembly, Senator
Jeremiah Useni described as strategic the decision of the University
Management to embark on the
advocacy visit. Senator Useni commended the Vice-Chancellor and his
team for their efforts in ensuring
that the University maintains its reputation as a premier citadel of
learning in the country.

Senator representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly, Chief
Joshua Dariye appreciated the
University leadership for engaging the State’s representatives at the
national level on matters that affect
the running of the institution since the University was set up primarily
to serve the interest of Plateau
people. Senator Dariye, who is the ranking member from Plateau State
in the Senate, however, advised
them to also consider using informal means of networking and reaching
out to the legislators to avoid the
delays that sometimes come with relying only on the formal
bureaucratic approach.

Others who spoke at the occasion were Honorable Benni Lar
representing Langtang North/ Langtang
South; Honorable Istifanus Gyang, representing Riyom/Barkin-Ladi;
Honorable Timothy Golu, representing
Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam and Honorable Damian Shakarau, representing
Shendam/Mikang/Qua’an Pan, all in
the Federal House of Representatives. They all pledged to use their
positions and to also lobby their
colleagues to ensure that the University benefits from more Federal
Government patronage just like their
counterparts elsewhere. The Legislators called for more frequent
dialogue with the University leadership
for a more harmonious and robust relationship.

Abdullahi Abdullahi
Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Publications
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