Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

Hardship: Governor Sule distributes rice, cash to 2000 students of COE Akwanga and appeals to striking unions to be patient

In continuation of the efforts of his administration to cushion the effects of the prevailing economic hardship, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has distributed two bags of 7.5kg rice, alongside five thousand naira each to 2000 students at the College of Education Akwanga.

Governor Sule distributed the food item and cash as palliative to the students, at a ceremony inside the premises of the COE Akwanga on Wednesday.

While commending the State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Magret Elayo, the Provost of the COE Akwanga, as well as the students for the orderly conduct of the event, the Governor used the opportunity to inform the students about the efforts being put in place by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the 36 states governors, as well as other top government officials, to address the prevailing hardships being experienced by the people.

He explained that even though the hardships were brought about by some policies of government, these policies were not implemented in order to hurt anybody but for the future of the country.

Governor Sule reiterated that both the Federal and State Governments are working hard to alleviate the plight of the people.

“As you all know, we have done so much for the civil servants, retirees and farmers but when we were sharing food items to vulnerable persons across the state, I came to realize that students were not involved. That is the reason why we took the decision to go round the state and ensure that we give food to our students in tertiary institutions to support you,” he said.

He added that it is the responsibility of his administration to cushion the effects of the hardships for students in the state.

This is just as he appealed to the striking staff unions at the COE Akwanga to be patient as his administration looks into their grouse.

“We almost suspended the event today if not for the insistence of the Provost and his management as well as the Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs. Because we were informed that the staff unions were on strike and we didn’t want any situation were there would be problems between the students and the staff,” he added.

He pointed out that, even though he does not see anything wrong with peaceful protest, he still want to appeal to the striking unions to consider the plight of the students by not truncating their academic activities.

The Governor emphasized that his administration is doing a lot to show sincerity in promoting education and supporting those imparting knowledge on the children.

He disclosed that on coming onboard in 2019, his administration approved for the recruitment of 286 and 217 academic and non academic staff respectively at the COE Akwanga.

“When we came in, we also did everything possible to approve the accreditation of several NCE and undergraduate programmes that were previously not accredited. When we came in in 2019, there were promotions from 2015 to 2018 that were not implemented. To show good faith, we implemented that promotion.

“We came in and realized that there was no convocation for nearly eight years. We now approved and held the combined convocation two years ago. When we came in, there were several projects that we brought to this same institution. We approved several projects including renovation of hostels that are ongoing, the water project that I even came to inspect the overhead tank. We brought something else we never thought about, the official fiber optics installation that made it possible for students to access free internet and to aid their learning,” he stated.

The Governor noted that while it is their rights to seek for promotion from 2019 to date, the striking unions that the cost of implementing such would be a telling burden on government, especially that government doles out over one hundred million naira as monthly subvention to the institution.

He however denounced the approach where the striking unions are trying to hold the government to ransome.

“We believe it is your rights, the unions, to ask for what you deserve, to ask for this promotion but we strongly plead with you that you can come ahead and do everything that you can so that these students do not loose lectures as a result of that. I assure you as a state government, even if we are going to do it in stages, we will look at it and carry it out in stages like that of civil servants,” he assured.

In her speech at the event, State Commissioner for Special Duties on Humanitarian Affairs and NGOs, Hon. Magret Elayo, appreciated Governor Sule for taking time put of his tight schedule to bring the dividends of democracy to the students.

Hon. Elayo Commended the students for their orderly conduct, assuring them that the administration of Governor Sule will continue to provide them with conducive teaching and learning environment.

She however urged the students to learn necessary skills as according to her, government can not be able to employ every one.

In a welcome address, Provost, College of Education Akwanga, Rev. Jonathan Wakili Thani, thanked the Governor for putting smiles in the face of the students of the institution.

“This is a very laudable task. You can see the numerous students that are seated, filled with smiles to receive this palliative that will go a long way in bringing sucour to the students,” he said.
In a vote of thanks, president of the Students Union Government (SUG), Comrade Mustapha Mohammed Umbugus, described Governor Sule as the most youth friendly governor.

Comrade Umbugus particularly thanked the Governor for showing concern over the prevailing hardships confronting the students and the country at large.

“Thank you for this commendable and remarkable gesture,” he said.

 

 

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