The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has pledged to standardise and stabilise the educational sector in the state to enhance growth and development.
Lalong made the pledge in Bokkos during the maiden convocation of Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos.
He said, “The Change Mantra of the All Progressives Congress (APC) places premium on education like the Late President Nelson Mandela said is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.
“We had no option with this understanding than to purposefully swing into action to deliver change as promised, and to restore hope to the students who had suffered the psychological trauma of the closure of the State University, and the obvious threat of a shattered future.
“The first set of students of PLASU were in an endless-idle stay at home, with their parents expecting curiously to see their children graduate.
“This situation no doubt tested the offer of change we had made to our citizenry, and the burden of conscience compelled us to walk the talk, by setting the modalities in place, to see to it that the University was re-opened and repositioned to its right place in the academic community.”
The governor expressed appreciation to the National Universities Commission and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), especially under the tenure of Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, for the support to the university.
“Today, I am not disappointed because we have broken the jinx and are standing here to witness the convocation of the 1st and 2nd set of graduands of the University; twelve years after its establishment.
“With this convocation, we have charted a new course of history, and we are at the threshold of enthroning academic excellence, in an academic institution committed to the production of people, who in character and learning will commit themselves for excellent service to humanity,” he said.