Gov Lalong reiterates government’s resolve to transform infrastructural facilities in state-owned varsity

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Photo: Lalong in group photo with PLASU Governing Council members during the visit

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reassured the Governing Council of the state-owned Plateau State University, Bokkos (PLASU) of the state government’s total commitment to the rapid development of infrastructural facilities in the institution.

The Governor gave the assurance in Jos on Tuesday when he received members of the new Governing Council for the University, led by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Monsignor Prof. Ibiora Ike during a courtesy visit to the governor, a statement issued by his spokesman, Simon Makut said.

It said Lalong noted that the university continues to grow rapidly after his ‘Rescue Administration’ revived it upon assumption of office by deliberately making various interventions in the areas of academic reforms and research, infrastructural development, administration reforms, improved staff welfare and increased students population.

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The Governor stressed that the government was aware of the challenges of the institution and was already doing its best to meet them, based on available resources, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the state’s financial resources, and made it difficult to fulfill all commitments including the demands of ASUU, it said.

He, however, assured the Council members that the government would do its best for the institution, hoping that the state’s revenue wherewithal would improve to enable the government to attend to other outstanding issues, it further said.

The governor added that he would continue to lobby through the Federal Government and the private sector for interventions that would facilitate research and teaching in the institution, the statement added.

Earlier the university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Monsignor Prof. Obiora Ike, appreciated Governor Lalong for appointing him and other members of the Council, and promised that they would do their best to ensure that the university is taken to greater heights.

He said the council had held its inaugural meeting during which some of the challenges of the institution were highlighted.

These, according to him, include staff welfare, greater infrastructure, and other amenities to expand on the present scope of academic progress of the school, the statement concluded.

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