The Vice chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos, Prof. Matur Malau Bernard, says his administration is poised at expanding the scope of education in the University, as he and his Management Team are keen on introducing programmes in the area of Food security, Cyber Security, Health Care Delivery, Science and Humanities programmes among others.
According to him, the new programmes to be are being introduced will have direct benefits to the people of the State and Nigeria and stressed that he is committed to produce a University that can compete with its peers globally.
Matur, made this declaration when officials of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) in the University paid him a courtesy call in his office, where they presented a plaque to him, congratulating him on his appointment as the fifth Vice chancellor of the University and also in recognition of his Attitude, exemplary efforts and productivity.
The staff union body which also presented a publication of NAAT, National Body titled “Tropical Journal of Engineering Science and Technology" volume 1, issues one and two, 2022, praised the Vice chancellor for steps taken in uplifting and maintaining academic standards in the University and bringing the University to limelight by introducing the School of Post Graduate Studies among other programmes.
The Chairman of NAAT Plateau State University, Mr. Austin Wang, who spoke on behalf of the officials said, NAAT is driven towards bringing the best out of their students so they can stand tall anywhere in the world as they also work towards improving research in the University.
Wang prayed for a successful tenure for the Vice Chancellor who is their member and called on him to deliver nothing less than the best during his tenure.
He used the occasion to present some lingering issues bordering the Association to include lack of power and water supply in laboratories, unpaid balance of earned allowances owed their members, under staffing of technologists in the University and decried situations where some technologists work as Assistants and Attendants in laboratories and overwhelming workloads where technologists handle 300 to 400 students in classes.
He also called on him to ensure technologists are trained to handle specialized equipment in laboratories.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor promised to provide water and electricity to Science Laboratories in the University, stressing that work is under way in setting a Solar Farm for the University Library and work will soon commence to provide another one at the Senate Building of the University.
He said everything possible was being done to ensure steady water supply at the central water tanks.
On the issue of earned allowances, Matur said, a committee comprising Management and Unions is working on a formula to ascertain the total amount to be paid to beneficiaries.
Similarly, NAAT had earlier on paid a visit to the Acting University Librarian Mrs Zainab Maren where they presented copies of the Journal to her and said, it is the good will of NAAT to encourage research publications, pointing out that such Journals will go a long way in harnessing ideas and encouraging upcoming researchers.
Receiving the presentation, Maren said the Journal will help most especially now that some of the University's programmes are being accredited.
John K. Agam
Public Relations Officer.