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University of Jos launches “Operation Beauty from Ashes” to rebuild burnt library complex

The management of the University of Jos has launched a fundraising programme labelled “Operation Beauty from Ashes” to rebuild its library complex gutted by fire on 8 October 2016.

“Operation Beauty from Ashes” is an initiative aimed at raising funds to immediately reconstruct the burnt building and also restock the lost library resources consumed by the fire.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sebastian Maimako, at the event remarked that the programme would help towards “bringing back the library to life.”

The Principal Officers of the institution pledged a voluntary donation of N1 million each to meet the goal of the programme.

In a similar vein, the President of the University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA), Alhaji Yakubu Idris, who paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, has pledged the support of members of the association in the fundraising programme.

Idris assured the management of the institution that “we will do something substantial. The UJAA has opened an account with Skye Bank for this purpose.”

The House of Representatives at its sitting on 10 October 2016 has also called on the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and the Federal Ministry of Education to intervene in the university’s drive towards rebuilding the library.

Honourable Istifanus Dung Gyang, a member representing Barkin Ladi/ Riyom Federal Constituency, emphasised the importance of government’s intervention on the issue.

Honourable Gyang stated that “except the institution receives immediate assistance and financial support from (the) government, it may not have the capacity to remedy the loss and undertake the necessary renovation to guarantee (a) speedy resumption of academic activities.”

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