Plateau State University, Bokkos, would soon have all the seventeen courses offered in the university accredited, the National Universities Commission, NUC, assured.
The assurance came when the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie paid a courtesy call on the university community at the weekend.
Our correspondent gathered that the university established ten years ago, with over 2,000 students and seventeen departments in four faculties was existing without any accreditation from the NUC.
Worried over this, the state governor , Simon Lalong on assumption of office led a team of his aides on a courtesy visit urging the NUC to come to the rescue of the institution.
Okojie blamed the lingering problem of accreditation on the past government of the state, who according to him failed to do the right thing.
He, however, assured that the issue would soon be a thing of the past as the present administration in the state was doing all it could to ensure things were put a right.
‘’We seriously sympathise with our students for all the pains and trauma they went through as a result of lack of accreditation of the university.
‘’But again, the much of the blame should go to the past Governor of the state; we told him the right thing to do, but he failed.
‘’Be that as it may, I want to assure you that the turning point of this university is by the corner ; I have the pen and the paper, and soon most of your courses will get accredited,’’ he assured.
The Executive Secretary commended the university for its slow but steady progress it was making and called on the state government to sustain the support given the institution for optimal productivity.
He, however, lamented over the dearth of qualified staff and urged the university to send their staff on further studies, especially to obtain their PhDs.
‘’The school is making steady progress, but they need more of staff and infrastructural development.
‘’So, I urge the state government to ensure adequate funds were released for the school in order to meet up with standard,’’ he said.
Okojie charged staff to shown bribery and corruption, and unnecessary victimisation of innocent students.
He also urged the university to incorporate and ensure its host communities were carried along in all its line of action, as that would give them a sense of belonging.
Responding, the Vice Chancelor of the University, Prof. Danjuma Sheni said staff development was the crux of his administration.
‘’We have a strong staff development programme, and presently, over 25 of our staff are spread across universities outside Nigeria running their PhD programmes.
‘’We intend to make it a routine thing, where each year, we will send not less than seventeen staff for studies, so that by the time I finished my term, we will have a minimum of 85 staff with PhDs,’’ he said.
Sheni assured that the university would do all within its powers to ensure that it gets accredited by the NUC without further delay.

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