The department of building in the University of Jos held its 2017/2018 set induction ceremony on Friday on the 18th of October, 2019 at the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) secretariat in the Naraguta campus.
Declaring the event open, the vice chancellor Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science Professor Daniel D. Fabi, commended the effort of the staff of the building department by making the induction ceremony a successful one
He tasked the graduates not to disappoint the institution in the wider world and urged them to keep on practicing their professions accordingly.
Speaking on the occasion, the guest speaker who is also the President Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIoB) represented by his vice who is also the present vice chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Professor Yohanna Izang, commended the leadership of University of Jos under vice Chancellor Seddi Sebastian Maimako for ensuring that the building department has been accredited by Nigerian Universities Commission(NUC). He added that today, the University of Jos is one among Nigerian higher institution that have the best building school.
In declaring the inductees as the confirm graduates of the building department, Professor Izang maintained that Nigerian infrastructures are left in the hands of quarks, that in all cases of building collapsed in Nigeria, no one ever collapsed in the hand of professional builders. He urged the inductees to go out and practice according to their professional discipline so as to correct the mistake that is being taking place in the building industries.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of the Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) Professor Kabiru Bala who was represented by D.E Gambo tasked the inductees to register with the Association in order to obtain a license that will guarantee them to work in any part of the country as professional builders. He only urged them to transfer the knowledge they acquired in their course of study into practical skills, that their BSc is only a sheet of paper if they cannot transfer it into skills.
During the event, prizes were given to best students in four categories of award; best graduating student in Infrastructural Analysis and Design, won by Shuaibu Anthony; best graduating student in Construction Management; best graduating student in Construction Technology and Materials and best graduating student with the highest CGPA of 4.42 all won by Gloria Moses.
In an interview with Miss Gloria Moses, she expressed her profound gratitude to her parents and staff of the building department for making her dream of becoming a builder a reality. She added that she faced a lot of challenges in the course of her study simply because she is a woman and that people often see building profession as only limited to men but she could not allow that to slow her down.
Miss Gloria Moses also encouraged her fellow female students who also see the building profession as only limited to men to get themselves involved in the profession as it is all about dedication and persistence.
She also pleaded with the NIoB to always support and motivate female students who are into building through the awards of scholarship and other financial assistance so as to encourage other women’s who often feel that building profession only belong to men’s.
Report and photos by Ayuba Doekyil
Edited by JM (4/5)
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