The newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University ( PLASU ), Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Izang, on Wednesday assumed office with a pledge to transform the institution to compete with the best in the world.
Yohanna, while addressing the management and staff of the school, commended his predecessor, Prof. Doknan Sheni, for his efforts, and promised to build on that solid foundation.
Izang, who described his appointment as “sheer grace of God”, said he would soon unveil his five years transformation blue print for the university toward placing the institution among the world best.
“My plan is to brand PLASU as a competitive university with its graduates as models for other universities.
“This means that we must together pursue the accreditation of our 15 additional programmes with all seriousness and diligence.
“Human and infrastructural development is paramount to attaining academic excellence. We shall make that our priority,” he said.
The new helmsman who, until his appointment, was the Head, Department of Building, University of Jos, also pledged to build on the visions of the founding fathers of PLASU, and solicited the support of management and staff toward meeting that goal.
Earlier, Sheni had told his successor that he met only 93 staff but was leaving 426 made up of 326 senior, and 100 junior staff.
Sheni attributed his modest achievements to the cordial working relationship he had with staff and students as well as members of the university community.
He said that the Federal Government, through the education ministry and TETfund, played a great role in the infrastructural development of the university, and expressed the hope that Izang would improve on that relationship.