Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastain Maimako, has lamented the outbreak of fire in the permanent site of the university that razed the Faculty of Management Science and the library complex, noting that books, results and several unmarked examination scripts were destroyed by the fire. The fire outbreak, which occurred on Saturday night, could not be immediately controlled my men of the fire service thereby leaving the structure in ruins. Conducting on-the-spot assessment on the burnt building yesterday morning, the vice-chancellor said “the first floor, which was completely razed, has the departments of Psychology, Political Sciences, Economics, and Accounting, including the office of dean of Management Sciences and Multi-National Library.”
Maimako, who expressed shock over the incident lamented that the building which was officially opened in 1997, also had materials from the faculties of education, Arts and Department of Geology. But he added that sabotage in the incident cannot be suspected now until the full reports into it are out. He also told the journalists that there was no human casualty in the incident, adding that “we received a report that a certain wing of the University was being gutted by fire. He said the library complex, has the computer lab, a reading section for the post graduate students, a serial section and also another section call e-library. “In the departments where we have this inferno, we have the departmental libraries, we also have the departmental results, results both bound copies and other results that are being processed. Even the Head of Departments (HOD’s) have given testament that even for the ongoing examinations in the university, some papers have been written and they are being checked waiting for marking.