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  • Updated: December 07, 2023

UniJos: VC highlights progress made despite challenges

UniJos: VC highlights progress made despite challenges

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Tanko Ishaya has disclosed that challenges faced, while noting remarkable progress in the institution.

Ishaya highlighted some of the challenges the University is going through but expressed optimism that with perseverance, they would be conquered.

He stated this on Thursday in Jos while giving an account of his second year of stewardship as the 10th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.

Ishaya said, "We came on board with a clear vision of nurturing a world-class institution for academic excellence and innovation with local, national and global impact.

"We promise to operate on a core principle of purpose, process and people that should be guided by the core values of transparency, accountability and integrity adhering to the University Act and Statuses.

“We count it as a great privilege to be at the helm of affairs of this great institution. As such, we will be unrelenting, and deliberate in carrying out our duties and responsibilities to the latter… We believe that building a collegial environment in the University is the fundamental requirement of excellence since every system’s success depends on the strength of the people…

“In the course of piloting the affairs of the University, we have had our periods of pains and gains.

"The following are some of the challenges that we are confronted with: Paucity of funds, absence of the Governing Council, precarious security situation around the University and the porosity of our borders. Lack of budgetary allocation for recruitment.

“We cannot over-emphasize the importance of finances in virtually all aspects of our lives. Running an institution like UniJos requires a solid source of finances.

"UniJos from its inception was never fortunate to have been given a takeoff grant. This means that from the get-go, we have been disadvantaged.

"Our infrastructural deficits are largely predicated on this anomaly. Assed to that, we are unable to actualize and/or maximize our IGR potential because of the precarious security situation in Jos and its environs".

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