Prof. Tanko Ishaya, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), has said over 20 lecturers on specialist fields in the institution died due to severe stress borne out of acute shortage of manpower.
The vice chancellor, in a briefing in Jos, as part of activities marking his two years in office, said that so many things that required intervention due to the challenges faced by the institution have been left unattended to.
According to him, the lack of budgetary allocation for recruitment to replace the numbers of senior professors, senior staff and non academic staff was worsening the situation.
According to him: “For well over five years now, we have not been able to carry out recruitment exercises to fill vacant positions. We have lost many of our members of staff through retirements, JAPA syndrome and deaths. Some of these positions require that we recruit to avoid any gaps.”
However, the vice chancellor noted that the absence of a Governing Council for the university is hampering its smooth running.
He added the university budgets N13m monthly, but spends close to N100m with electricity gulping close to N30 million in a month.
He said that internally generated revenue is also given another interpretation as money collected for services cannot be said to be IGR.