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Kebbi varsity ASUU demands increase in welfare, funds for researches

Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Kebbi State University of Science and Technology (KSUST) Aleiro, Kebbi State chapter, has appealed to the  state government to resolved the  pending cases of promotions of its members and lack of adequate monthly allocations for the running of institution.

Chairman of the Union, Dr. Ibrahim Garba Wawata, stated this during the Union’s courtesy visit to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu at Government House, on Thursday.

Wawata also informed Governor Bagudu that the institution had not received monthly allocations for the running of the institution compared “To what obtained in other universities, while funds are also needed for the installation of machinery to facilitate research and fabrication of tools.”

The ASUU leader in the institution commended the state government for prompt payment of salaries to its workers, stressing that the Union would be appreciate if all pending cases bothering on welfare of their members were resolved.

In his reaction, Governor Bagudu disclosed that the state government had spent N240 million to support lecturers seeking PhD in various institutions of higher learning, stressing  that “The government has sustained the provision of financial allocations to all institutions as well as prompt payment of salary regularly”.

Governor Bagudu, who charged the ASUU to embark on researches on how best to utilize cassava, sugarcane, onion, potato, watermelon and soya-beans, noted that these crops ware viable economic cash crops that could increase the state and Nigeria GDP through foreign exchange earnings.

He urged the Union to work collectively with the institution’s  Governing Council and the University Management on issues relating to staff welfare.

Head of Service in the state, Alhaiji Abubakar Udu Idris, in his reaction, advised the Union to make consultations and follow the right channel on matters affecting its members and the University through his office or the Ministry of Higher Education.

Idris told the Union that “All pending promotions and payments of arrears have been approved by the Governor. The state government has settled all outstanding payment of civil servants throughout the state”, he said.

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