Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has played host to the Governing Council of Plateau State University, Bokkos in his official residence where he pledged the unfettered commitment and desire of his administration to the continuous growth and development of the University.
Governor Lalong promised to not only attend to the demands presented to him but to facilitate a grand convocation ceremony early next year during which reward for a scholarship will be a major hallmark.
According to Governor Lalong, he cannot forget the incentives he was given in his childhood by the government which led to his being educated as an underprivileged child which is why he sees the education of today’s youth as a task his administration has to tackle.
He recalled his decision on the assumption of office to respond immediately to the plight of the University which had academic activities suspended by giving it a new lease on life.
He said he cannot imagine that some states who got the blueprint for the establishment of their Universities are now well ahead of Plateau State and reiterated his determination to do his best within available resources to leave a legacy for upcoming generations, and called for understanding rather than make comparisons in view of prevailing circumstances and competing demands on government’s purse.
He promised to fund a grand convocation ceremony in January next year which will draw a retinue of personalities to support the university’s cause.
While presenting a catalogue of demands of the University to the Governor, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council Monsignor Professor Obiora Francis Ike appealed for understanding particularly for the take-off of the five new faculties of Law, Health Sciences, Education, Environmental services and Agriculture and for the funding of the re-accreditation of existing Programmes and the take-off of new ones and the payment of staff emoluments.
Professor Ike while appreciating Governor Lalong for throwing his weight behind the University in obtaining #3billion naira High impact intervention from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund which facilitated the construction of the new Senate building and two faculties in addition to normal interventions said the University now has additional Faculties which is a thing of joy.