The Federal Government has awarded the sum of about N729m through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the renovation of the University of Jos burnt Library at the Naraguta Campus. This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako.
He made this known in his office when a delegation from the Federal University of Technology, Minna led by the University Librarian, Dr. Alhassan Jibril Attahiru paid him a courtesy call.
The Vice-Chancellor commended the Federal University of Technology, Minna for its outstanding gesture of solidarity in the donation of 148 titles of 458 volumes of books to the University of Jos.
Professor Maimako who was represented by the University of Jos Librarian, Dr. Stephen Akintunde appreciated Management of FUT Minna for the assistance, describing it as an encouraging act of camaraderie. He noted that the value of true friends are found when you are in need and assured the team that the books presented would be properly utilized, adding that the act would be recorded in the roll of honour being compiled by the University.
The Vice-Chancellor explained that over sixty percent of the Library resources of the University was burnt down during the inferno affecting six Faculties and several Departments.
Earlier, Dr. Alhassan Jibril Attahiru, said that the incidence of the burnt Library in Unijos was a colossal loss not only to Unijos, but to Nigeria as a whole. He described the Library as the custodian of the culture of every University, since the historical experience and values of the system are recorded in books, journals, magazines and other library materials.
Dr. Attahiru was enthused that they are also part of the effort to rebuild the burnt Unijos Library and recalled that four (4) Staff of FUT Minna had recently received practical training in the University
of Jos Library where they had benefitted a lot.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of the books on various subjects and a letter signed by the Vice-Chancellor of FUT Minna, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji.
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