By Barnabas Augustine
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has said that his administration has secured three billion naira High Impact Grant for Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi in an effort of his administration to revive the education sector in the State.
The Governor stated this when he granted audience to the Management Staff and Union leaders of Adamawa State University Mubi at the Council Chamber, Government House Yola.
“For the University within the first three months that we came, we have made a lot of efforts. And, just this week we have secured three billion naira High Impact Grants for the University, Governor Fintiri said;
“And from this we intend to build three more Faculties and hostels for our students”.
While explaining the developmental stride in the education sector his government has embarked on in the state, Governor Fintiri noted that a lot of construction work will be carried out in ADSU.
“The State on her own will build some critical infrastructure especially roads, street lights so that we can improve on the security of the University, the security of our Students and the security of our Staff”.
Governor Fintiri stressed that his Government has no equal to education; it want to build future elites through education and this will come from the children of the poor while his administration will continue to put emphasis on education. This he stated if it starts building schools from primary to secondary schools, there should not be a gap; also have to connect it to the University.
He noted that his administration has started implementing fully the free education in Primary and Secondary Schools in the State, but he expressed dismay with some principals and Parent Teachers Association (PTA) over their attitudes towards embracing the new policy in education. He assured that nothing will distract his administration from the free education policy.
Governor Fintiri urged ADSU delegation to be patient while the government is settling down to ensuring that it gets to the next level because his administration is bent on giving the state a brighter future. Adding that shortly after his swearing-in as Governor of the State, he asked that the two and a half percent on contract for the university is deducted and sent to the University.
The number one citizen of the State said that he has made it a priority that out of the 2,000 houses that will be built in the state for Civil Servants, three-hundred will be built in Mubi. And, what he has in mind was the Staff of the University. Therefore, the Governor stressed that all that his administration wants particularly from the management staff of Adamawa State University Mubi is discipline and commitment and from the Unions, patience and support. Maintaining that he has seen a lot of commitment from the University and its requirements; he assured that his administration will study and work on them.
Earlier in her address, the leader of the Adamawa State University Mubi delegation, the acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Kaletapwa Farauta George said they were at Government House Yola to congratulate Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on his overwhelming victory at the polls and his recent attainment of 100 Days in office.
The acting V.C. explained that under her administration which came on board in July 2017 a lot has been achieved to include:
Attainment of 98% accreditation status for Undergraduate programmes presented in 2018, attainment of 100% accreditation status for postgraduate programmes presented, obtained National University Commission approval to establish new programmes and Departments, facilitated prompt release of promotions for staff and raised the professorial Cadre from 4 to 28 as at today. Others are: reactivation of the University Pension Account and commencement of the payment of pensions to retired staff, commencement of entitlement of deceased staff to their Next-of-kins and restored access to TETFUND allocations to the University and facilitated attendance of training for academic Staff, Conference/Workshops for staff.
On his part, Comrade James Fwa who spoke on behalf of the Joint Action Committee of the Unions in ADSU said that despite the fact that the University is the first to be established in the North-East, it has suffered from inadequate funding, payment of allowances and reduction of allocation to the University from 5% to 3% by the past administration.
Comrade Fwa noted that with the coming of the Acting Vice Chancellor, ADSU is gradually improving while expressing optimism that the Fintiri led administration will revive the education sector.