Bello orders Kogi varsity reopened

Aftermath of the protest embarked upon by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) last week over the closure of the Kogi State University, Anyigba, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Monday directed the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Mohammed Abdukadir, to reopen the school immediately for academic activities.

The directive came three months after the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution embarked on strike.

The governor, who said this at a meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the state, said having met the major demands of the lecturers, they were expected to return to classes.

He said his government would continue to prioritise education, urging the different heads of tertiary institutions in the state to deepen the culture of patriotism among their staff members.

According to the governor, the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) would soon commence in the state, stating that public accountability would 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 would be redressed as 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.