THIS is great news, to teachers, lecturers and children of the lecturers, including the workers of the College of Education and Polytechnic in Niger state. As current information reaching our news desk, is that the Niger state government had on Friday, announced the increase in the salaries of workers in the state college of education and polytechnic.

A Dailyschoolnews.com.ng correspondent, Faith, was able to gathered that, the salary is increased by 15per cent; aside the five per cent earned allowance by the workers and lecturers.

It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) of the Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru chapter, Comrade Kasim Ibrahim Mohammed has on February 2014, laid accusations on the state government in the past five years for grossly underfunded the academic institution and that this has led to brain-drain of lecturers from the institution, according to him, most lecturers who knows their worth have moved from the polytechnic to other polytechnics which pays higher and better.

According to the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Alhaji Bashir Nuhu, who disclosed this information while addressing journalists in Minna, said that the state government executive council approved the increase during the week urgent meeting.

Alhaji Bashir Nuhu has disclosed that since the increase was not included in the 2014 budget, its implementation would begin on the 1st of January, 2015.

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Alhaji Bashir Nuhu, also went on to disclosed that the officials of the various unions in the state college of education and the state Polytechnic Zungeru were carried along before the government took the decision.

According to him, this particular development will cost the state government additional N468m annually.

On the state of Justice, Lami Fati Abubakar College of Islamic and Legal Studies, the commissioner said the state government had decided to upgrade its facilities and also build a new administrative block and students’ hostel for the school to help students and lecturers.

I wish other state governments will follow this steps and upgrade their academic institutions.

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