Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has decried delay in the graduation of students 10 years after the State University (PLASU) was established.
The governor who made this known when he visited the National Universities Commission in Abuja on Tuesday said the lack of lecturers, incessant interference, lack of facilities and inability to get accreditation of its courses have been the major causes of delayed graduation of two sets of students since its inception in April 2005.
He sought the support of the Commission in the areas of accreditation, recruitment of more lecturers as well as diaspora professors to ensure that the university is on the part of stabilization and undue interference.
“Currently, there are two sets of final years without any of its 17 programmes accredited. However with what has happened to the institution and the crisis of confidence, public perception and spontaneous reaction by the students and parents, there is urgent need for the government to be seen actively involved, in ensuring a repositioning of the university and its programmes,” he said.
The governor said that the university needs laboratories and class rooms, appropriate staff recruitment, offices and office equipment, library and purchase of relevant books> He noted that additional efforts in the areas of stabilization of the institution and general infrastructural development will complement its preparedness for the accreditation exercise.
He further said that “The University will require a grace period of between 4 to 6 months from now to fully accomplish the execution of the above to properly fulfill the accreditation needs”.
Lalong promised to work assiduously to give the university a new leaf adding, however, that he cannot do it alone.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Julius Okojie said state governments have been encouraged to establish their own institutions, adding that universities bring development as best of practices comes from the university system.
He noted that a defective governing council and lack of accreditation has left the school in an emergency ward. He explained that a university cannot run without a governing council and therefore gave the school three weeks to put its governing council in place.
He also urged the Plateau State government to ensure that the Vice-Chancellor of PLASU, Professor Doknan Sheni, who was dismissed after a year, be reinstated as soon as possible, adding that he must complete his tenure as the VC.
“I must tell you that those students will graduate, we will ensure that once you put those things in place, the structure on ground, you are ready for us to come for accreditation.”
Okojie promised to get three professors for PLASU that would be paid through TETFund. He, therefore, assured of staff recruitment just as he promised that the students will graduate after ten years but asked that they write a leave of absence letter to the Senate as 10 years is too long a time for a student to stay in a University.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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