Administrative activities resumed at the Benue State University, Makurdi after Christmas and New Year break, marking the commencement of the Second Semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Session with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Tor Iorapuu, warning staff against truancy and redundancy.
The Vice Chancellor, who charged staff to be committed to their duties, also encouraged them to put in their best in ensuring that the mandate establishing the University is vigorously pursued to enhance academic excellence and manpower development.
He later proceeded on an unscheduled visit to the Bursary, Registry, Audit, Pension, Fire Service, Establishment (Junior Staff Office), Information Unit, Academic Office as well as Counselling and Human Development Centre and other adjoining offices during which he inspected offices to ascertain actual staff on duty on first day of resumption.
On discovery of termites causing damages to trees and buildings on campus, the Vice-Chancellor directed the Faculty of Science to embark on research to develop pesticides that can terminate their existence.
Professor Iorapuu also directed the Maintenance Unit to rise up to its responsibility of ensuring that University properties, particularly buildings and water reservoirs are properly maintained to avert the risk of eventual breakdown with its attendant effects.
During the visit, the Bursar, Dr. Amos Egwurube Otse; Registrar, Dr. Mfaga Modom; Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Linus Chia Saalu, Academic Officer, Mr. Aondover Zwawua and Mr. Oliver Kende Adasu, were on ground and conducted the Vice Chancellor round the respective offices.
Earlier in an exaltation, Revd Fr Mimi Chokom began with a prayer session in the Vice Chancellor’s office, offered prayers for Management, Staff and Students for God’s guidance and protection in the New Year especially the beginning of the Semester.
Revd Fr Chokom also encouraged staff to continue to support the management, saying only a peaceful environment will facilitate the needed growth and development at the ivory tower.