By: Alfred Saiki:
The University of Jos, today had a smooth handover ceremony as the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sebastian Seddi Maimako officially took over from Prof. Hayward Mafuyai.
The handing over ceremony which took place at the Senate Chambers of the University was witnessed by members of the school Senate, Staff, family and friends of the new VC.
Prof. Maimako who becomes the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos after the 12th Governing Council of the University approved his appointing following a rigorous selection process was full of praise for his predecessors’ achievement while in office.
“While I salute and acknowledge the contributions of all the past Vice-Chancellors of this great University, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor deserves special commendation for his outstanding leadership qualities, unprecedented achievements, sterling management process and exemplary conduct while in office. It is on record that your tenure witnessed the highest number of programmes introduced within so short a period by the University after securing the requisite approval from the National University Commission; twenty-three (23) new programmes in all, including Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. A significant number of infrastructural project were also conceived, constructed and delivered under your watch”, Prof. Maimako stated in his acceptance speech.
On how he intends to lead the school for the next five years, Prof. Maimako stated that, “The overall agenda of my term in office will be closely linked to the University’s Fourth Strategy Plan 2015-2019 which was unveiled last year and christened “Sustaining a culture of Excellence.
“To achieve the University’s vision of being a first class institution globally rated, I have prioritized the following: strengthening industrial peace and harmony, staff welfare and compensation for outstanding performance, funds and projects attraction, preserving discipline and dedication, infrastructure, improving revenue generation, information and communication technology and library prowess”.
Prof. Maimako reiterated that the task of overcoming the challenges facing the University is not his responsibility alone, so he called on all his colleagues and support staff to rally round him and the new administration so that they can all work as team.
Earlier at the handing over ceremony, the out gone Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai who was thankful to God for the opportunity to serve the school, was above all happy with the process that brought in Prof. Maimako.
He said the process was very credible and thanked the others that contested with Prof. Maimako for being gracious in accepting the decision of the council.
Prof. Mafuyai presented the new VC, Prof. Maimako with the handover notes and also robed him and gave him his staff of office.