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University of Jos Applauds Benue State Government for Selecting Prof. Tor Iorapuu


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako, has described the process that led to the emergence of the new Vice-Chancellor of the Benue State University, Professor Tor Iorapuu as credible and innovative.

Professor Maimako stated this while leading a delegation of the Governing Council and Management of the University of Jos on a courtesy visit to the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom at Government House, Makurdi on behalf of the University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prince Tony Momoh.

Professor Maimako, whose delegation was accompanied on the visit by the new Benue State University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tor Iorapuu, commended the Governor who is also the Visitor to the Benue State University for ensuring that the process leading to the selection and subsequent appointment of the Vice-Chancellor was devoid of political interference. The Unijos Vice-Chancellor was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Tanko Ishaya and expressed confidence that other Universities in the country will begin to adopt the method preferred by the Benue State University in identifying the best among other great candidates to be selected as head of their institution.

Professor Maimako said the appointment of Professor Tor Iorapuu is being widely celebrated because the new Vice-Chancellor is a thorough-bred Academic, Education Administrator and Community Activist whose impact was greatly felt in the University of Jos where he was a Lecturer, former Dean and currently a member of the University’s Governing Council.
Responding, Benue State Governor and Visitor to the Benue State University, Dr Samuel Ortom said Professor Tor’s appointment followed all the laid down procedures approved by the Governing Council of the Benue State University that is why it is being applauded by all the stakeholders.

According to Governor Ortom, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States are one and the same, therefore anything that happens in any of the States affects them all. He noted that UniJos remains a catchment institution to the Benue People while BSU is an extension of UniJos, hence the need for collaboration towards the betterment of the lives of citizens of the affected States.

While acknowledging Professor Tor’s doggedness and quest for improving the condition of his community, Dr Ortom believes that the new Vice-Chancellor will tap from the wealth of knowledge and experience he gained at UniJos to make BSU an internationally recognized institution. The Governor assured that his Administration would provide the resources needed to improve the fortunes of the University.

Meantime, members of the University of Jos Delegation were at the Benue State University (BSU) to congratulate the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tor Iorapuu over his recent appointment. Presenting a Congratulatory Message on behalf of the University of Jos Community, the UniJos Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako represented by Professor Tanko Ishaya, described Professor Tor as a worthy ambassador of UniJos who, although is highly cerebral, is also full of humility. He was optimistic that Professor Tor’s knowledge of University Administration would enable BSU witness rapid transformation within the shortest time possible.

Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the Benue State University, Professor Tor Iorapuu appreciated the UniJos Governing Council for supporting him as he undertakes his new assignment. Professor Tor said his emergence as the new BSU Vice-Chancellor would not have been possible if UniJos had not given him the platform to develop his skills and the ability required to head a tertiary institution.
He promised to always seek wise counsel from his colleagues both in UniJos and BSU to enable him succeed in his new assignment.
Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of a congratulatory letter to the new Vice-Chancellor and exchange of souvenirs between Management of both institutions.