The vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Izam, has disclosed that the institution is set to establish four new faculties the School of Post Graduate Studies in the university.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Yohanna Izam disclosed this in Jos while speaking at the Media Forum organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau state council.
He said the new faculties will help boost the academic profile of the institution and to give potential students a variety of courses of study to choose from.
Prof Yohanna Izam explained that the new faculties are those of Law, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Education, adding that the staff strength of the institution would be increased for effective service delivery.
The VC who is also the National President, Nigerian Institute of Builders, assured students not to entertain any fear as the Proprietor, Management of the institution and other relevant stakeholders are working to stem the tide of insecurity in the State and within the University community.
While Commenting on the ongoing strike action by some members of staff, Professor Izam appealed to the striking staff to exercise patient as their demands would soon be addressed.
According to him, “We are on the same page with the Visitor to the University (The Governor) on the need to expand the faculties that we have and that is why he has approved the recruitment of more staff given the new faculties which are Faculties of Education, Law, Environmental Science and that of Health Science.
“To ensure the sustained growth of our university, we have finalized plans to also establish the PG school. We do this because we believe in quality and expansion. The state government has given us its approval to hire new personnel who will be in charge of these faculties to enhance the quality of our programs.
“We have mobilized our PG programs and submitted them to the National University Commission, NUC, for approval and we will begin once we get approval.”
On the strike action, he added, “I have not seen where any government in Nigeria has been able to liquidate all the allowances but will only do their best within the available resources. In Plateau State University, we are talking about eight sessions of accumulated allowances but I can tell you that between 2018 when I came on board as VC till date, the University management with the support of the state government has been able to defray that of three sessions.
“We are also working to settle the outstanding arrears as soon as resources are available because the government has committed to that effect.” He explained.