Today's Challenge magazine: Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Daniel Izam has honoured  Ms. Dorcas Bello, winner of the best documentary at the African International Film Festival, Mr. Hosea Gumbias Issac, who emerged fifth at the IET World completion, and Mr. Japheth Waziri the best actor at the 2018 edition of Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) hosted by Plateau State University.

Professor Yohanna D. Izam-Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos

Izam expressed satisfaction that the university was producing world class granduates that would take centre stage at local, national and world competitions and establish their authority without feeling inferior and enjoined the awardees to see themselves as proud brand ambassadors of the institution.

According to him, it was always a thing of joy for teachers to see their students excelling and urged the lecturers to continue to teach and mentor the students to be great leaders in the society.
He disclosed that the Plateau State University which was previously regarded as a ‘one building’ institution was rapidly attaining world class status.

Professor Izam disclosed that they would be fully represented at next year’s Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), saying that the school had already started preparations with the aim of winning laurels.

He added that eight degree programmes of the university had been fully accredited while the outcome of the remaining five was still being awaited and expressed the hope that the result would be favourable, adding that staffers who studied overseas had started returning with their Ph.Ds.

The awardees, Dorcas Bello, Hosea Gumbias Issac and Japheth Waziri, said they were proud of the university and their lecturers who mentored them well, assuring that they would continue to project the institution in good light.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has promised to improve the education sector in the state and continue to utilize available resources to improve the quality of education at all levels.

Members of PLASU Governing Council and Management in a Group Photograph With the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden

He gave this assurance when he received members of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, led by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at the old government house in Rayfield.

Governor Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonny Gwanle Tyoden, commended the Council and management for their efforts aimed at repositioning the institution saying that the quality of the members of Council and management had set the university on the path of progress.

He commended them for successfully hosting the 2018 Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), the full accreditation of courses, the emergence of one of its students as the winner of a documentary competition organized by the African International Documentary Festival and planting over one thousand trees, among others.

Professor Tyoden observed that although funding university education was expensive, the Lalong administration would continue to work within limited resources to ensure that the vision of the state university in become globally competitive and occupy a pride of place among the committee of universities was not compromised.

Earlier, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega thanked the Visitor to the University, Governor Lalong, for growing the institution and appealed to him for more funding and the provision of critical infrastructure as, according to him, the over reliance on Federal Government interventions was not sustainable.

He said that other areas of need included inadequate staff and their welfare and appealed to the Visitor to consider the implementation of a better plan that would improve these as they were important in delivering quality education.

The Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University, Professor Yohana Izam and other members of management accompanied him on the visit.