Plateau Governor Simon Bako Lalong has approved the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for Plateau State University, Bokkos (PLASU).
He is Prof. Benard Malau Matur, a seasoned academic.
The new appointment was announced in a statement Monday February 20, 2023, signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Dr. Makut Simon Macham.
Prof. Matur’s appointment was approved following recommendation of the Governing Council of the university, and he is to succeed Prof. Yohanna Izam whose tenure ends on Tuesday 21st February 2023.
Until his appointment, Prof. Benard Matur was the Honourable Commissioner for Higher Education, Plateau State.
He is a Professor of Public Health Entomology and Parasitology and has held several positions in the academia.
He was once Deputy Vice Chancellor, Veritas University Abuja and had previously served as Dean, College of Sciences; Dean, Student Affairs; and Head of Department, Biological Sciences at the University of Abuja. He was also Head, Department of Remedial Studies at the University of Jos.
Governor Lalong while congratulating the new Vice Chancellor, used the opportunity to appreciate the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Yohanna Izam for his meritorious service and pragmatic leadership which has lifted the standard of the university, making it one of the most sought after in the country and one of the best among its peers. And he wished him success in his future endeavours.
Meanwhile, the governor in accordance with the law passed by the Plateau State House of Assembly has approved the change of nomenclature and upgrading of the College of Arts, Science and Technology Kurgwi into Ignatius Longjan Polytechnic.
The bill for the Establishment of the Ignatius Longjan Polytechnic and for other matters connected takes effect from 2022, while the College of Arts, Science, Technology and Remedial Studies Kurgwi Law No. 20 of 2020 and amended Law of 2005 are hereby repealed.