Written by Godfrey AKON

FG approves rebuilding of UniJos library

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has approved the rebuilding of the library complex of University of Jos which was razed by a blistering inferno in October 8, 2016.

Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, who disclosed this during an on-the-spot assessment of the razed facility in Jos, said funding of the project will come through TETFund’s Special Intervention.

Baffa, in a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations in TETFund, Mr. Benn Ebikwo, lamented the loss of some irreplaceable academic materials which dates back to several decades.

The TETFund boss stressed that “the loss caused by the fire incident is something that cannot be quantified because of the loss of some academic materials that no amount of money can replace.

“Library is the soul of any institution. The news of the fire incident was received with sadness and that is why I am leading the team from TETFund myself, to see the extent of the damage. 

“I have insisted that we can give all the normal or annual intervention that we can give, but when something like this happens, something like natural disaster, a fire disaster like this one that happened to University of Jos, then we can respond with Special Intervention.

Speaking on Academic Staff Training and Development, Baffa said “we cannot be training our lecturers in bottom of the league universities in any part of the world and expect them to come back and make our institutions great or world class. 

“If our scholars that want to enjoy TETFund sponsorship cannot get admission into the top institutions, then they can look for money from somewhere else and sponsor themselves, not public fund."

He said the TETFund will no longer fund match-box projects, stressing that universities must start building projects that are big, beautiful and functional with state of the art facility. 

Also speaking the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, described bitterly the helplessness of the university community during the inferno, disclosing that firefighting equipment in the Plateau State were deployed during the incident but to no avail.

Maimako said the university had already started putting together what it will cost towards reconstructing and re-equipping the library complex, including the Information and Communication Technology, ICT, component.

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