UNIVERSITY OF JOS, JOS NIGERIA
(OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR)
INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROTOCOL DIVISION
PRESIDENTIAL VISITATION PANEL BEGINS WORK IN UNIJOS
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako has described the performance review exercise by the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University as a process that will add value to the University System.
The Vice-Chancellor stated this when he received the 7-man Presidential Visitation Panel to the University on a courtesy visit in his office at the Naraguta Campus.
Professor Maimako appreciated the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up and inaugurating the Visitation Panels to the various Universities and Inter-University Centres as, according to him, their work was essential towards promoting quality in the system. He described the arrival of members of the Panel to the institution as timely.
According to him, the University of Jos, being a second-generation University, was hopeful that the Panel will consider some of the challenges faced by the University and proffer solutions and make appropriate recommendations to the Visitor to keep the University on the right course towards attaining its vision and mission. While wishing members of the Panel a fruitful exercise, Maimako assured of the University Administration’s maximum co-operation to ease their work.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University of Jos, Professor Olu Obafemi, said the Panel has been mandated to review and evaluate the performance of the University cutting across governance, academic standards, quality assurance, financial management, relationship between Management and other stakeholders including Staff and Students. The Panel’s other Terms of Reference include evaluating the condition of the physical infrastructure, resource input and instructional facilities in order to advise the Visitor accordingly.
According to the Chairman, the exercise is a conventional routine aimed at improving the quality of performance of Nigerian Universities which covers the periods of one decade in two parts, spanning between the periods of 2011 to 2015 and 2016 to 2020. Professor Obafemi explained that the Panel would also inquire into the level of implementation of the White Paper on the last Visitation Panel Report covering 2006 to 2010.
The Chairman further stated that part of their assignment was to assess the leadership quality of the University in terms of the roles of the Governing Council, Vice-Chancellors and other Principal Officers.
The Visitation Panel is also expected to examine the Financial Management of the institution, investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects as well as examine the adequacy of staffing and staff development programmes of the University. Similarly, the Panel is to determine the relationship between the University and various statutory bodies like the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Federal Ministry of Education among others.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Visitation Panels to the 38 Federal Universities and Inter-University Centres were inaugurated on Tuesday, 13 April, 2021 by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Panels have 60 days to complete their assignment with effect from 22nd April, 2021 to 22nd June, 2021.
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