The Chairman of the Governing Council of Plateau State University, Monsignor Professor Obiora Francis Ike has congratulated Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang on his assumption of duty as Governor of Plateau State and appealed for his intervention in the release of Local Government statutory contributions to Plateau State University totalling #1.2 billion.
Professor Ike who was speaking when he led members of the Governing Council on a courtesy call on the Governor in his Little Rayfield office said the Local Government Council Areas in the state were yet to remit their counterpart funds of #1 million each monthly from 2019 to 2023.
He disclosed that despite this the University was able to pay some part of the earned allowances owed its staff to the tune of #320 million as a result of the judicious application of resources but said with the re-accreditation of the university's programmes coming up between September and November this year,the University would require the sum of #300 million naira to execute the exercise.
Professor Ike said the University currently has an undergraduate population of six thousand (6000) and the number would double with the coming on stream of four new Faculties.
He disclosed that the University is working towards establishing a Business school and a table water factory and appealed to the Governor to consider releasing one of the Campuses of the state polytechnic in Jos for the take off of the school which would add value to the state as it would be involved in the training and retraining of technocrats and the manpower resources while serving as a source as a source of internal revenue generation for the University thus addressing its over dependance on the state government for its funding needs.
Professor Ike said Plateau State University Bokkos remains the greatest asset of the state and currently enjoys a lot of goodwill from outside, particularly with the opening of collaborations with individuals and philanthropists who are ready to assist in some areas of the university's development needs.
Responding, Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang appreciated the Council Chairman and the University's Council for accepting to serve the state.
He reiterated his commitment and determination to support the University to enable it achieve its objective of human capital development to enable it compare favourably with its peers the world over.
According to the Governor,ha has taken it as a duty to promote the Plateau State University cause because of the benefits the state stands to gain, adding that as a pointer to this,he recently visited the Bulgarian Ambassador in Abuja where areas of collaborations with Plateau State University were discussed.
He promised to remain the Chief advocate of the University by tackling it's problems saying the state government is rejigging its revenue and wealth creation avenues for the purpose of expanding the states economy to serve the needs of the generality of the people.
John K.Agam
Public Relations Officer.