Stakeholders, Parents and Guardians who have children and wards in the University of Jos have agreed to comply with the Federal Government directive on a new school charges structure for Federal Universities.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting organized by the University Management, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako informed the parents and stakeholders that in light of the current economic challenges, the charges currently being paid by students was no longer realistic.
He outlined various areas of huge expenditure by the University Administration to include payment of electricity, provision of learning materials and stationeries, provision of accreditation requirements for academic Departments, running into hundreds of millions as against dwindling monthly subvention from the Federal Government.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the situation is not peculiar to University of Jos, as other Federal Government owned Universities in the country were facing similar challenges owing to the competing demands on the Federal Government’s limited resources. Professor Maimako, observed that the cost of running the University has greatly increased with several ongoing projects in the University now abandoned.
He added that the University has launched the “Operation Beauty from Ashes” campaign to raise funds to restock the Naraguta Campus library that was gutted by fire, highlighting the contributions made by Principal Officers at ₦1 million each, Deans and Directors, ₦ 200,000 each, Students, ₦1,000 each, while staff Unions are to pay lump sums.
In order to harmonize the school charges paid by students in Federal Universities, the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission (NUC) issued a directive in 2015 approving a new school charges structure of Forty-Five Thousand Naira (N45,000) for each undergraduate student across board, to provide them with the basic learning materials and conducive learning environment.
The Vice-Chancellor appealed to all stakeholders especially parents and guardians to put the interest of their children and wards first to ensure that the University serves them effectively. He reminded them of the need to protect the interest of the University so that it will still be relevant for many generations to come.
Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor advised the parents and stakeholders to ensure that their children always pay their school charges at the designated places and channels provided by the University to protect them from falling victims of fraudsters.
Professor Maimako thanked the parents and stakeholders for their support and assured that the University would redouble its efforts towards providing quantitative education that would meet international standards.
Also contributing, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Nelson Ochekpe and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Teresa Nmadu, said henceforth, the University will set up a tracking system to notify parents and guardians about the academic performance of their wards while the University Administration had also resolved to inform them on the status of their children and wards to tackle the issue of expelled students still masquerading as bonafide students.
The occasion featured an interactive session where the stakeholders commended the University Management for providing them a platform to be adequately informed about the activities in the institution.
At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders which included Parents, Guardians, Staff and Alumni among others, agreed that the University Administration should commence the implementation of the new school charges structure approved by the Federal Government.