Saraki, Others, Neglected Education Sector – AbdulRazaq
The Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has provided an explanation of how his administration prevented tertiary institutions from collapsing from a lack of funding, claiming that the previous administration completely neglected the schools.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the Governor reportedly said this during a thank-you visit by the Kwara State Chairman of Joint Academic Staff Union in Tertiary Institutions, Bilikis Olasehinde, according to a statement released on Sunday by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.
AbdulRazaq claims that the previous administration completely disregarded education, failing to even pay teachers’ salaries or maintain the facilities.
“They did not care about that. The first institution I visited was Kwara State College of Education (Technical) Lafiagi and I was totally disappointed…The state government abandoned its responsibilities over the years.
“We are glad to have met your demands. While we will be glad to do more, it is glaring to everyone that we are coming from a terrible era that no one should ever wish for again.
“The last administration could not even pay when it was N18,000 minimum wage. Now, we have moved up to N30,000 minimum wage. We even made sure that when you were making your demands your salaries were being paid.”
The governor declared that his administration was committed to making the necessary expenditures in infrastructure, employee welfare, and other support programs to bring back Kwara’s lost glory in the field of education.
Along with other states, Kwara State was created at the same time as Lagos. Lagos now has three state universities thanks to excellent self-management. We were just starting to sink and they were on a higher trajectory. We give God and the individuals credit for enabling us to stop the rot.
“We have stopped it and we are turning things around for good. We will make sure the right thing is done. We have also not increased the school fees since we came in. We have frozen it and that means we are practically giving students discounts despite the inflationary trends. We have also restored subvention to our colleges.
Since we have put the issues of subvention and minimum wage behind us, our next step is to see how to upgrade facilities in our institutions. We’ll also look into how you will expand departments, schools and facilities. Bye and large, we should put hands together and do the right things to make our education robust and place it where it should be. Kwara used to lead education in the north before. We went down but we are on our way back up and In Shaa Allaah (God willing) we will get to the top again.”
The teachers, however, commended the governor for saving tertiary institutions in the state from total collapse.
The teachers said that their welfare had improved tremendously under the governor, adding that they are proud of their decision to support him in 2019.
Olasehinde commended the administration for implementing the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Salary Structure which had been pending for several years.
“We are here to show our appreciation for everything you have done for us. Sir, let me go back memory lane. When you came in as governor of Kwara, there were issues in the state’s tertiary institutions. We had issues of salary arrears and we were on strike. Immediately you came in, we said we should suspend the strike on our own and give the new government the benefit of doubt. We thank God that we did that because within 24 hours we met His Excellency you did what you promised. We appreciate you for that”, she stated.
Olasehinde also praised the administration for restoring monthly subvention to the institutions, saying members of JASUTI now receive full salaries every month with the development.
“On the issue of our subvention, His Excellency said going forward, we would be getting our full salaries and that era of percentages is over. This is a reality today. The subvention is released to all our tertiary institutions as and when due.
“Also, we had issues of accreditations across our tertiary institutions and we met His Excellency. He promised us again and did what he promised. We really appreciate that.”
Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead
Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.
Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”
As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.
He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.
Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.
A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.
The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.
Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.
He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.
Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.
He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.
The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.
Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.
He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.
“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”
“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”
JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend
As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.
Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)
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