State Government To Take Over Salaries Of Nasarawa University 100% – Gov Sule

State Government To Take Over Salaries Of Nasarawa University 100% – Gov Sule

By David Christopher, Lafia

In is efforts to ensure that Nasarawa State University, Keffi continues with its learning and other activities moving without hindrances or the actualization of the rumours making the rounds that the lecturers of the institution would soon embark on an industrial action as a result of their unpaid outstanding salaries, the Governor of the state who doubles as Visitor to the university, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has promised to henceforth takeover the university staff salaries 100 percent as soon as the management of the university has tackles some loopholes in their request.

The governor made the promised during the first public lecture of the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Social Sciences with the topic ‘Barayanomics: Economic Planning Imperative for the Sustainability of State in Nigeria’ delivered by the Governor himself on Tuesday.

He said, it will do the university supreme good if the State Government takes over the staff salaries, owing to how the university was excelling in many ways with special emphasis on how those who graduated from the university get employed on merit.

“Your ever comrade vice chancellor, I thought I was only coming here to deliver a lecture and go back, but you put up so many requests and at the end of the day. You made very kind comments about what the government had already done for the school. I have reviewed your reports and I have taken them to where I said you should go and actually view your salaries structures and see what we can do and they have reviewed it and brought to me. Today, I should have been making an announcement here, but I questioned one area with the level of the employment you have done recently.

” With the improve internally generated revenue Nasarawa state government will take over salaries of the university 100 percent. Definitely, some of the university’s roads need to be fixed. I was among those who criticized the establishment of this university very strongly when I came back from America and then became the Managing Director of African Petroleum, but today am the one that has gone to say that because there is a university we are actually setting up the College of Medicine and College of Engineering. If there was no university probably we would not be able to do that.

“You have had what my father the Emir of Lafia has mentioned about the quality of those that you have graduated from the Faculty of Law. It will interest you to know that when I was the Group Managing Director of Dangote, I had to employ graduates from all over the country and without mincing words, the graduates that came from this university have always excelled from our interview. For that reasons, I promise you that I will send the ministry of works to come and assess the roads. By God’s grace we would do the roads” he said.

In an exclusive interview with AljazirahNigeria immediately after the public lecture, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, said, “His Excellency, the governor who doubles as the visitor to the university presented a paper on economic and principals of his administration. The quality of the audience and the numbers of the people that attended the event was fantastic. It provided the governor the opportunity to explained what he is doing in the economic front, the gains that he has made the policies that he has put in place and then going forward what is expecting from the state. My impression is that it was quite educating and enlightening.

Answering a question about the the staff salaries issue, the vice chancellor said, “We have to mop up and ensure that at every end of the month we provide 57 per cent and it is not sustainable. That is why we made a case to the state government to take over the salaries of the university. There are a lot of attentions in the areas of accreditation, maintenance of hostels and facilities that we have to contain with. Once the governor take over the staff salaries you are going to see some structures coming up in the university”.

Earlier on in his brief on the lecture series, the head of department, Economics, Dr. Bala Ahmed Tafida said ” Engineer A.A. Sule has adopted an economic model of governance which needs to be studied as a full fledged area of academy.

Highlights of the event included remarks by the chairman of the occasion, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, goodwill messages by Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa (Emir of Keffi) who doubles as the chancellor of the university, HRH Justice Sidi Dauda Bege (Emir of Lafia) and award presented to the governor.


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