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UniJos: NCWS wants female VC

THE National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Plateau State Chapter, has intensified campaign for the emergence of a woman in the ongoing selection/election of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos.

In a statement signed by its president, Mrs Felicia Bala, in Jos, NCWS appealed to the Governing Council of UniJos to consider gender equality, while deliberating on who emerges the new Vice Chancellor of the University.

According to the statement, “We wish to put it on record that, of all the nine (9) substantive Vice Chancellors in the 46 years of the citadel of learning, none is a female.

“The NCWS Plateau State Chapter and all its affiliates, as part of its mandate to advocate for gender inclusion, are appealing to the Governing Council and the University of Jos Visitor to consider appointing a woman as the 10th Vice Chancellor of the institution.

“The NCWS understands that among those jostling for the position, there is a woman of character, an erudite and industrious scholar, credible and intellectually sound with great institutional memory of the University.”

The statement added that, “the late Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, said and I quote: ‘When women thrive all of society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.”

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It maintained that, “In the light of the above and for the sake of generations to come, we hereby appeal to the new Council to conclude the selection process already started by the out-gone council of the University.”

The body reiterated that a qualified woman be considered for the position of Vice Chancellor, as part of the 35 percent affirmative action for women, a national policy (2006).

NCWS said it was delighted that the Federal Government had recently inaugurated the Governing Council of the University of Jos among other 19 universities and Inter University Centers.

“We are excited and welcome Professor Attahiru Jega, an astute university administrator and former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Council and other external members of the Council.

“We also welcome the Chancellor of the University, the Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, whose experiences will be invaluable in taking the University of Jos to an enviable height.

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