The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Ishaya Tanko, has expressed deep concern over the escalating insecurity within the campus and has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene. Speaking at the university’s combined convocation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor emphasized the urgent need for a safe and secure environment to uphold the institution’s vision of academic excellence and innovation.
Professor Tanko highlighted the challenges faced by the university, including security threats, inadequate funding, industrial action, land encroachment, and issues with the Integrated Payroll Personnel System. He specifically urged President Buhari to address the security situation and provide the necessary funds to complete the perimeter fence for the Naraguta campus.
Representing President Buhari at the ceremony, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Rasheed Abubakar, acknowledged the remarkable progress made by the University of Jos in terms of infrastructure, academic programs, faculty, and student population. He dismissed the notion that Nigeria has an excess of universities, citing examples from other countries to emphasize the need for more higher education institutions to accommodate the growing number of aspiring students.
President Buhari emphasized his administration’s commitment to the development of university education in the country and urged universities to engage in cutting-edge research and provide students with the necessary skills for national development.
During the convocation ceremony, a total of 20,532 students were awarded certificates by the university, marking a significant milestone in their academic journey.