Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has assured the University of Jos that his administration will secure the institution’s land encroached upon by some individuals, warning that anyone “found culpable will be made to account for their actions”.
He also assured the University that the State Government in collaboration with the University authority and security operatives were working to tackle “cultism and other criminal activities within and around the campus areas”.
Lalong disclosed this while speaking at the 31st and 32nd Convocation of the University, in Jos, the State capital.
He said, “Recently, I received the report of the Committee we set up to investigate the alleged encroachment into the land belonging to the University of Jos.
“Let me assure the University that we shall secure every inch of land belonging to it that has been encroached upon and those found culpable will be made to account for their actions”, he assured.
DAILY POST recalls that the management of the University of Jos had decried the encroachment into its land by neighbouring communities.
Speaking on cultism and other criminal activities within and around the university, Lalong said, “We are also working with the University and Security Agencies to ensure that cultism and other criminal activities within and around the campus areas are tackled to provide a safe learning environment”, he maintained.
The Governor appreciated the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to the University, through various interventions by the Federal Ministry of Education, TETFUND and other Government MDAs.
While congratulating the 11, 431 graduands, Lalong challenged them to put to use the knowledge they acquired through solving the problems of the nation.
He said, “Having a certificate is not enough. Using the knowledge of the certificate to create opportunities for yourselves and others is what should be uppermost in your minds.
“For those of you who are in Plateau State, we shall be willing to offer you training and empowerment through the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (PLASMIDA) so as to enable you create jobs rather than seek for non-existing white collar jobs”, he stressed.
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