The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako recently marked his third anniversary with a press conference in the Senate Chambers where he disclosed his achievements to the general public.
Tagged Mid-Term Report, Prof. Maimako read out an abridged version of the Mid-Term Report which was a summarized account of his stewardship of the past 3 years with two more years to go.
In regards Staff Welfare and Development, the VC revealed that University staff who were away on approved full-time study leave used to lose the years spent on studies when the duration required for promotion is counted but since his assumption in office, he introduced a new policy on promotion which was approved by the Governing Council. Also, to close the manpower gap, the VC has employed 1,870 staff as academic and non-academic staff.
The finances of the University also increased with personal grants, capital grants, internally generated revenue, and TETFund grants, increasing to 31%, 28%,6%, 47%, and 72% respectively in 2018. Also, the VC attracted donor funds and special intervention capital for the new senate building.
As regards infrastructure, the VC will be remembered for finishing the construction of the new administrative block/senate building in which all admin staff relocated including the bursary and the registrar’s office as at July 2019. Infrastructure wise also, the VC announced that a total of 113 projects were started under the period under review. “84 of these projects have been completed and handed over to the University by their various contractors while the rest are at advanced stages of completion”. Completed projects include the liaison office in Lagos, the VC lodge in Rayfield, the directorate of physical planning building and the Naraguta Campus Library which a section of it was burnt down in October 2016.
In the area of accreditation, of course, due, the VC and his team were able to get 17 full accreditation and three denials in 12 faculties.
Under Prof. Maimako, the ground-breaking ceremony of the foundation laying of the UniJos Alumni center at the Naraguta Campus was hailed as a major feat since the establishment of the university in 1971 as a then campus of the University of Ibadan. The Alumni Center attracted a donation of ten million Naira from the Edo State government due to the influence of Philip Shuiabu, an ex-student and current deputy governor of Edo State. Another alumnus like Dr. Olapeju Otsembor donated a 1.5 million Naira quadrangle to his former department of zoology, Mr. Ishaku Akyala donated Molecular Laboratory equipment worth N4 million to his former department, microbiology. Another outstanding donation by an alumnus was the renovation of the popular A1 hall by Dr. John Kennedy Opara, a former secretary of the national pilgrims’ welfare board with a donation of N10 million which was commissioned early this year.
To support the e-learning initiative of the University, the national information technology development agency donated a virtual library to the University and the computers were installed in the new library in the Naraguta Campus. Also, the national communications commission donated over 1000 laptops to the University.
The VC concluded that he and his management team is poised to fulfill his three-pillar policy of performance, prosperity and happiness
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