The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has directed the Vice Chancellor of the Kogi State University, Anyigba, to reopen the school on Monday, July 18th 2016, after three months 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, urging the different heads of tertiary institutions in the State to deepen the culture of patriotism and hardwork 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 stating that the approval on subject matter which was handed over to him was for tax waiver. He 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 said the gesture is a signature of the Governor’s commitment to tertiary education in the State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor