UNIVERSITY OF JOS
(OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR)
INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROTOCOL DIVISION
RE: PRESS RELEASE BY INDIGENOUS ETHNIC GROUPS IN PLATEAU STATE ON NEGOTIATION WITH JAIZ BANK – UNIJOS DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM THE STATEMENT BY AN UNKNOWN YOUTH GROUP
The attention of Management of the University of Jos has been drawn to a Press Release issued purportedly by a group of youths claiming to be under the auspices of some ethnic Nationalities in Plateau State in collaboration with what they termed as “Plateau Daughters in the University of Jos” expressing their dissatisfaction with the Memorandum of Understanding brokered between the State Government and Jaiz Bank PLC on the reconstruction of the Jos Main Market.
As a Federal Institution, Management of the University is constrained to make certain clarifications given the fact that the name of the institution was appropriated in the aforementioned Press Release by the mention of a so-called “Plateau Daughters of the University of Jos” which for all intents and purposes is not known to be a duly registered group in the University of Jos and whose activities have not been seen or heard of in the University before now.
Management wishes to reiterate that it recognizes the legitimate right of any group to express its grievances against any government policy or action and fully supports the Constitutional Right to Freedom of Association and Freedom of Expression. However, Management believes that the representatives of the so-called “Plateau Daughters in the University of Jos” should have appended their names and signatures on the document to take full ownership of its contents in accordance with the University’s academic culture and international best practices. Furthermore, Management is aware that all female Staff and Students of the University belong to all the ethnic groups listed in the Press Release so there should have been no need to include the appellation “Plateau Daughters in the University of Jos” which seems to suggest an official endorsement of the document by the University.
In light of the above, Management wishes to dissociate itself from the said publication and would advise any group with any grievances to air to do so accordingly but without recourse to the use of the name and brand of the University to confer legitimacy on their status and actions.
Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications