18 profs vie for UNIJOS vice-chancellor seat

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Sebastian Maimako, University of Jos Vice-Chancellor

As the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Maimako, draws to a close, at least 18 professors are jostling to take over from him.

Maimako, who assumed office as eighth substantive VC of the institution on June 23, 2016, has only two months remaining to vacate the position, having completed his five-year single term.

It was gathered that out of the 18 professors, who had so far declared their interests to succeed the outgoing VC, 14 were from the institution, while the remaining were from other universities outside Plateau State.

Among the front runners are the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, of the institution, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, from Kebbi State; the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Yiltok Simon; Chairman, Plateau State COVID-19 Research Group, Prof. Wannang Noel, as well as the former Provost, Federal College of Education, Pankshin, David Wonang

Others said are Professor Bernard Matur, Dimis Mailafia, Daniel Dabi, Sylvester Shikyil, Dung Pam Sha, Uriah Alex Lar, Isuwa Jurmang, Patricia Lar, Pam Yakubu as well as Stephen Mallo, while those contesting from outside the University of Jos are Professors A. Eugene from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ashom Maisamari, University of Abuja; Paul Mamza from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Onoja, also from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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The council will meet later this week to screen the applications.

It is expected that the selection process of the VC will terminate in April, because the lifespan of the current governing council will end in the second week of May and it is expected that it would have concluded the assignment to produce a new VC before its tenure expires so that a new VC for the University of Jos will formally assume office in June this year.

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