The vice chancellor of University of Jos, Professor Seddi Maimako Sebastian, has decried the poor condition of students’ hostels in the country’s institutions f learning. He also lamented the level of decay of infrastructure in campuses of most tertiary institutions, adding that in the University of Jos, some hostels were closed down because, he could no longer keep students in such a congested and deplorable environment.
He recalled that in their own time as students, one could conveniently stay and eat in hostels but now, the reverse is the case.
Maimako spoke during the Governing Council Retreat held at HBC Resorts, Kwata, Jos, Plateau State capital where the participants brainstormed on how to move the university to greater heights. The VC frowned at the government’s oversight to public tertiary institutions, saying that government is only interested, and remembered the institutions when taking the accreditation and employment requests, not minding how they curtail cost of education and challenges associated with.
Maimako further said in public institutions, government should be committed to subsidising the electricity bill, so that the institutions can perform in a competitive environment.
He said that Nigerian tertiary schools can replicate the level of infrastructure development being witnessed in other institutions outside the country, but said there is lack of political will to make this happen.
“Funding is the major issue in management of public institutions. Stakeholders shouldn’t share the cost of public institutions but government should do it all alone.”
Maimako thanked all the agencies in charge of all tertiary institutions in the country, particularly TETFund, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for their efforts in transforming the landscape of the school.
In his speech, Pro-chancellor and chairman of Council, University of Jos, Prince Tony Momoh, urged the university to ensure that the funds accruing to it in various ways are appropriately managed, adding that it is pertinent to note that a well managed university would depend less for funds from the federal government.
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