Gov. Bello (2nd right) and heads of higher institutions in the state after a closed door meeting over the lingering strike in the institutions at Government House, Lokoja, on Monday.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has directed the Vice Chancellor of Kogi State University, Anyigba, to re-open the school on Monday.
The directive to re-open the university is coming three months after the closure following the industrial action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution.
Governor Bello said having met the major demands of the lecturers, they are expected to return to classes.
He said his government will continue to place premium attention to education and urged the different heads of tertiary institutions in the State to deepen the culture of patriotism and hard work among their staff members.
According to the governor, the Treasury Single Account will soon come afloat in the State, stating that public accountability will remain the hallmark of his administration.
He said having paid six months salaries in just six months into his tenure, his government should be trusted by the lecturers.
The governor promised to look into cases of over-taxation of lecturers in the past, saying cases of unjust taxation will be redressed.
The governor also directed full scale audit of all tertiary institutions in the State.
Responding, the heads of the tertiary institutions thanked the governor for paying four months salary arrears owed by the previous administration. They described the gesture as a signature of the governor’s commitment to tertiary education in the state.
Source:: PM Newspaper