Professor Ishaya Tanko, Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, has criticized the institution’s lack of security and urged President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to take action.
According to the vice-chancellor, the circumstance seriously jeopardized the university’s goal of developing a top-tier institution known for its academic innovation and quality with a local, national, and international effect.
The Vice-Chancellor highlighted that the university had been the target of an aggressive attack that included the instant death, kidnapping, and harassment of employees, students, and their loved ones on Saturday during the university’s 33rd and 34th joint convocation ceremony.
“These attacks on our campuses have created difficult obstacles jeopardizing our commitment to greatness.
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Our campuses are open, which makes it very challenging for our security staff to offer the necessary security. While the VC acknowledged the significant expense involved in maintaining security across all of our campuses, he said that for the university’s primary goal to be realized, a secure environment that supports teaching, learning, research, and innovation must be created.
He called on President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to take action and provide the funds required to finish the perimeter fence for the Naraguta campus. He also listed additional difficulties the institution faced, such as funding, labor unrest, land encroachment, and the Integrated Payroll Personnel System.
The President, represented by Professor Rasheed Abubakar, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, noted the university’s rapid growth since its founding in 1972, particularly in infrastructure, academic programs, staff size, and student population.