Plateau State University is yet to graduate any of the sets of students studying different courses in the institution since it was established in March 2005.
This was disclosed by the newly-elected governor of the state, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, who led a team of his cabinet members on a courtesy visit to the National Universities Commission, NUC, yesterday.
The governor, who lamented the present despicable state of the university occasioned by undue interference in the affairs of the institution by previous governments, disclosed that the school has two sets of final year students without any of the 17 courses they studied accredited.
He said his visit to the commission was informed by the urgency of the need for government to be seen actively involved in ensuring the repositioning of the university and its programmes.
Lalong, who was the then speaker of the state House of Assembly when the bill on the establishment of the university was passed into law, said his administration would fully cooperate with the NUC in its determination and solemn commitment towards the progress of the university, staff and students.
“We have through the evolution of some intervention strategies commenced addressing the challenges facing the university around the specifics of the following thematic areas – accreditation, stabilization of the university, strategic plan and general infrastructure development.
“We note with concern the needless interference in the day-to-day administration of the university by the former pro-chancellor and chairman of council, Professor Sam Ale, and the unilateral suspension of the substantive vice chancellor, Professor DDD Sheni, by the former governor and visitor to the university, Jonah David Jang.
“All these led to crisis of confidence and slowing down of activities in the university.”
Governor Lalong observed that the suspended VC conducted mock accreditation, identified the challenges and shortcomings and presented to the former government the report, cost implication and request for funds, adding that with all that effort, government did not release funds.
He said his administration would not only recall the VC but would guarantee substantive support of the two tiers of government (state and local government) for the accreditation programme of the university, particularly in such areas as laboratories and classroom needs, appropriate staff recruitment, offices and office equipment, library and purchase of relevant books.
The governor appealed to the NUC to recognise their effort towards meeting the accreditation requirements and help them in any way possible to fast-track the process.
Meanwhile, the executive secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie had earlier in his speech assured the visiting governor of the commission’s willingness to assist the university within the context of its mandate.
Okojie urged the governor to recall the suspended substantive VC, Prof Sheni, so that he would complete his tenure, especially given that he was doing well before his suspension.

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