Prof. Seddi Sebastian Maimako has assumed office as the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos. He took over the mantle of leadership from Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, whose five-year tenure elapsed on the 23rd June, 2016.
The out gone Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating and handing over the baton to the new Vice-Chancellor at the Senate Chambers of the University, thanked God for the success of the exercise that brought in Prof. Seddi Sebastian Maimako as Vice-Chancellor and recalled that the Chairman of the University Governing Council had described it as an ultra-transparent exercise that could be defended globally.
Prof. Mafuyai appreciated all who participated in the race for accepting the verdict and appealed to them to close ranks with the new Vice-Chancellor and be united for the progress and development of the University.
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor advised his successor not to use admission and employment as avenue to build relationships since they are services performed in public trust and should be held as such. He urged the new VC to be focused and steadfast and to discharge his duties without fear or favour.
He said during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, twenty-three new programmes were introduced and as a direct consequence, the admission quota was increased from four thousand, five hundred and fifty five to about six thousand, nine hundred and forty four.
He encouraged the new Vice-Chancellor to continue from where his administration stopped, so as to take the University to loftier heights in line with the dream and aspirations of its founding fathers.
In his inaugural address, the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Seddi Sebastian Maimako thanked God for the opportunity given to him to serve the University and the country and extended a hand of fellowship to others who aspired for the position saying his emergence was not based on his knowledge or experience but God’s mercy and grace.
The new Vice-Chancellor explained that the leadership thrust of his administration would be based on the University’s 4th Cycle Strategic Plan with the theme ‘Sustaining Excellence’. He pledged to strengthen industrial peace and harmony through dialogue and prioritize staff welfare where there would be compensation for outstanding performance.
Prof. Maimako observed that with the infrastructural deficit facing the University, his administration would work hard to improve the situation. On Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the Vice-Chancellor requested all hands to be on deck towards improving the University’s revenue base, stressing that when funds are generated, welfare can be attended to and then there would be prosperity and happiness.
Prof. Maimako identified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as the hub of every other academic activity in the University and stressed that his administration would re-examine the University’s traditional pencil and paper approach to teaching and research with a view to adapting to new technologies.
He said his administration would encourage the University community to imbibe the spirit of discipline and dedication in line with the institution’s motto warning that acts of indiscipline would not be tolerated. He stressed that his administration would look into issues affecting internal security with a view to flushing out security personnel who engage in nefarious activities.
Prof. Maimako stated that the task of overcoming the challenges facing the University cannot be the Vice-Chancellor’s responsibility alone, and therefore, made a clarion call to all stakeholders to rally round the new administration and work together in order to take the University to greater heights.
The Vice-Chancellor said for the next five years of his administration, the slogan of the University would be “University of Jos; Performance, Prosperity and Happiness.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Nelson Ochekpe who spoke on behalf of other Staff, pledged his allegiance and that of the University community to the new Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako was named the substantive Vice-Chancellor on 22nd April, 2016.