The Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Izam, has said that the institution needs 10,000 books to meet the accreditation requirements of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Izam disclosed this in Bokkos on Friday, when a company, Brooks Consolidated Investment Limited (BCIL), donated assorted books worth N2.5 million to the university, to boost teaching and learning.
“We are in the process of acquiring the 10,000 books and we have already received 6,000 of them.
“Part of what the NUC will be looking for during the accreditation is the extent to which our collections will satisfy the requirement for quality, in terms of what we teach.
“NUC will check whether our students and staff have access to quality instructional materials particularly books in the library that will be able to reinforce learning and teaching.
“For this company to have come in the month of our accreditation is something Plateau State University is very happy about,’’ he stated.
He thanked BCIL for intervening in the development of the university through the donation of 100 titles of books that cover relevant disciplines.
Izam said that the university was looking forward to more of such partnership with individuals and organisations, in order to promote excellence.
Mr Sunday Jesmiel, the Managing Director, BCIL, while presenting the books to the vice chancellor, said that the gesture was part of the company’s efforts to uplift the standard of education.
He said that BCIL had made provision of books to other educational institutions as part of its corporate social responsibilities, to aid teaching and learning.
“Today’s donation of 100 different titles is my company’s token contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
“It is also for the development of our next generation who deserves nothing less than excellent instructions and inspiration through books,” he said.
He commended the vice chancellor for his prompt approval for the donation, which he said, helped the company to fulfill its desire.
According to him, the step was an indication of the vice chancellor’s determination to promote the ideals of the university.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropists to support institutions of higher learning, as according to him, government alone could not meet their needs.