Prof. Yohanna Izam, the Vice-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, has said that the construction of the faculty of Agriculture in the university will soon start.
Izam announced this in a statement signed by Mr John Agams, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university on Monday in Jos.
Agams quoted the vice-chancellor to have said this when he declared open the bidding of 2020/2021 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Normal and 2021 TETFUND Zonal Intervention Projects in Bokkos.
Izam said that the construction of the faculty was an intervention from TETFUND.
He added that with such faculty on ground, the university would have avalanche of programmes, hence expanding its scope of teaching, learning and research.
Izam also said that part of intervention from TETFUND was the lighting of the university through the use of solar street lights.
He said that the project aimed at improving the security of students and staff within the university.
“The university has secured approvals for two key interventions from TETFUND, which will see to the commencement of construction of a new Faculty of Agriculture and execution of the second phase of light up PLASU project.
“This will result in the provision of solar streets lights to cover not less than fifty per cent of the university’s master plan.
“This will also enable us light up the hostel and academic areas, which is a deliberate effort to beef up security on the campus.
“The commencement of the faculty of agriculture is also on the front burner of our quest to diversify programmes, thus, providing qualified candidates with an array of course choices.
“This will be in line with the university’s strategic vision and the federal and Plateau governments’ fulcrum on agricultural development to stimulate food supply, community service and research,” he said.
Izam also commended members of the Non Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists of Nigeria (NAAT) in the university for suspending its strike action.
He called on members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) in the university to also suspend their ongoing strike.
He said that doing this would pave way for smooth academic activities in the university, assuring the unions that government had put modalities on ground to ensure that their demands were addressed.(NAN)