Plateau crisis scare away admission seekers in Jos University – VC

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University of Jos, north-central Nigeria is concerned that fewer students are seeking admission because of violence.

The continued violence is Plateau State has reduced the number of students seeking admission into the University of Jos, particularly for its diploma programme, authorities of the school have said.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Hayward Mafuwel, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Ibrahim Musa, made the disclosure on Thursday in Jos during the matriculation of diploma students studying at the old campus of the Institution.

The crisis in Plateau, which led to the death of some students of the University last year, caused the temporary closure of the institution. Security operatives also detonated two sets of explosives found in the institution last year.

The ongoing violence in the state has led to the death of hundreds of people even as a State of Emergency is on in the most violence prone areas of the state.

About 660 students of four different departments studying 13 courses had their matriculation on Thursday.

While congratulating the students, Mr. Ibrahim cautioned them against joining any prohibited societies, stressing that anyone found wanting would be shown the way out of the Institution. The university head also dismissed insinuations that diploma holders of the institution were not recognised.

He said diploma graduates of the institution were doing well and contributing to the development of the Nigerian society.

The don urged the matriculating students to be of good conduct so as to excel in the studies.