The Management of the University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State, in a public notice, signed by the institution’s Registrar, Chief Monday Danjem, has announced the closure of the campus until further notice, due to the spate of insecurity in the state capital, of which some students have lost their lives and others at risks of being killed and/or kidnapped.
In an emergency meeting, held on Friday, August 20, 2021, with the Committee of Deans, Directors and Provost, the management made the decision to suspend all academic activities in the University which includes the second semester examinations, 2019/2020 academic session.
Besides, the institution’s authority, has also ordered students to vacate their hostels, due to the imposition of dusk to dawn curfew, declared by the state’s government which has disrupted academic activities in the University and appealed to them to take safe public transportation means to their various destinations.
Below is the Public Notice as issued by the University’s authority.
UNIVERSITY OF JOS, JOS NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
SUSPENSION OF EXAMINATIONS AND OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Following the risky and precarious insecurity situation in Jos, the imposition of dusk to dawn curfew, which has affected the academic activities including the suspension of Second Semester Examinations for the 2019/2020 Academic Session in the University of Jos, the University continued to experience the loss of lives of some of our students. Consequently, the Management of the University of Jos, after an emergency meeting with the Committee of Deans, Directors and Provost on Friday, 20th August, 2021, has approved the suspension of Examinations for the Second Semester 2019/2020 Academic Session and all Academic Activities in the University until further notice subject to ratification by the Senate of the University. Management has also directed the closure of all Students Hostels until further notice.
Management’s decision was taken following an Emergency Meeting of Management and the Committee of Deans, Directors and Provost of the University held on Friday 20th August 2021 in view of the intensified killings of students around the University of Jos area shortly after the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in the state on Monday, 19th August, 2021, and also considering that it will be risky to delay security measures to stop the brutal killings of students and protect the lives of students, and also considering the high risk involved in having a Senate meeting in the present risky and precarious security situation in which the brutal killings of students and staff of the University seem to be on the rise.
All Students of the University resident in the various Hostels are to return home or safer places until normalcy is restored. Students are also advised to use safe means of transportation to their respective safer destinations. We passionately appeal that a joint patrol team of armed soldiers and other law enforcement agencies should beef up security and ensure that students are adequately protected as they evacuate their hostels to safe destinations; the life or security of every student matters to Management of the University of Jos and other stakeholders.
Students are to note that adequate notice will be given to them when normalcy is fully restored in Jos and environs to enable them return for the conclusion of their Second Semester Examinations and other Academic activities.
Earlier, on Tuesday 8th August, 2021, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gray Goziem Ejikeme, who went round the various hostels of the University to assess the security situation on ground, used the opportunity to address and pacify the students in four hostels of the University where he promised to get the Management of the University to beef up security measures and provide palliative care to ameliorate the suffering of students in the hostels. He empathized with them on account of the security threats, fears and hardships they had been experiencing especially their difficulty in accessing food items and food vendors outside the University premises since the breach of peace was recorded and the 24-hour curfew was imposed in Jos. The Acting Vice-Chancellor also used the opportunity to commend the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Simon Lalong for being proactive by imposing the curfew in the state; the security situation would have been worse without the curfew.
Management wishes to appreciate the students for remaining calm during this difficult period. Management also appreciates the Plateau State Government and the Security Agencies for the role played in ensuring the safety of the University Community.
To God be the glory.
Signed: Chief Monday Danjem