Take-off grant: Senate promises to help Jos University, Unijos

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Unijos has never received its take-off grant.

The Senate Committee on Education said it will liaise with the Federal Government for the release of the take-off grant for the University of Jos.

The Chairman of the Committee, Uche Chukwumerije, said this when he led his colleagues on an oversight visit to the institution. Three of the six members of the senate committee are alumni of the university and also pledged to support the school

The university, one of the second-generation universities established in 1975, is yet to receive its take-off grant. According to the Vice-Chancellor, Hayward Mafuyai, the non-provision of the seed money, and inadequate funding, is responsible for the slow development of the institution.

Mr. Chukwumerije said that senate would assist the school in “pushing for the release of the grant”. He also promised that the senate would assist toward resolving the security challenges faced by the institution.

“We understand your peculiar security challenges and we are engaging the Federal Government to attract some funds that will assist you in handling the challenges”. Mr. Chukumerije said.

He promised that the committee would also assist the school to break more grounds in the area of research.

Earlier, Mr. Mafuyai had highlighted the university’s challenges and identified major areas to include insecurity, inadequate accommodation and transportation.

“We have a student population that is close to 30,000 but we only have accommodation for 7,000. Staff accommodation is equally inadequate,” he said.

Mr. Mafuyai said that the university’s infrastructure was also in bad shape.

He also told the committee to assist the school’s bid to relocate the Bauchi Road Motor Park which, he said, had consistently constituted a security threat to the university.

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