Plateau Governor, Lalong praises former Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Professor Maimako for lifting institution
By Anthony Maliki
Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong has described the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Seddi Sebastian Maimako as a scholar of repute and resourceful administrator whose tenure ushered in a great era of academic and infrastructural achievements for the institution.
Governor Lalong who was among thousands of guests that joined the former Vice Chancellor for the Thanksgiving Mass at the St. Mary Catholic Church, Lu’ukwo, Bakin Chiyawa, Quan-pan LGA of Plateau State said Prof. Maimako left a legacy of excellence, hardwork, inclusivity, and progressive leadership in the University of Jos.
He said under Professor Maimako’s leadership as the 9th Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, so much was achieved in research, teaching, Infrastructural development, campus harmony and breakthroughs in academic grants.
Lalong said the testimony of both staff, students, regulatory bodies and many who have had contact with the institution during his stewardship affirm the fact that he was prudent, transparent, fair, kind and just to all manner of people which enabled him propel the institution to the pedestal of greatness it has been placed today.
The Governor said this has brought pride to the Government and people of Plateau State and demonstrates the capacity of the citizens of the State to hold higher responsibilities and discharge them diligently. He wished the Vice Chancellor more years of higher service to the nation and humanity.
In a homily, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Gowok citing Bible references from 2 Kings 4:42-44; John 6:1-15; among others said Christians are supposed to be concerned about what name they acquire in every responsibility they are given rather than acquiring wealth that does not last.
Fr. Gowok however acknowledged the testimony of Prof. Maimako whom he said has been variously described as a humble, professional and honest administrator that carried people along and preferred to leave behind a good name rather than riches.
Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Rev. Dr. Matthew Ishaya Audu said God gives people assignments as a way of attracting their diligence and productivity. He commended the former Vice Chancellor for returning to thank God for his tenure, an attribute that is encouraged in the Bible and obeyed by those who fear God and acknowledge his love for them.
Prof. Maimako in a remark expressed gratitude to God for lifting him up from a humble background and entrusting him with a huge responsibility such as the leadership of one of the prominent Federal Universities in Nigeria.
He thanked both the Management, staff and students of the University of Jos for supporting and challenging him to give his best in the last five years. Maimako also expressed deep appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Lalong, Minister of Education, among others for backing him throughout his tenure.
Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Gray Ejikeme described the era of Prof. Maimako as very productive and inspiring, with tangible academic and physical development results that have made teaching and research easier.