By Mohammed Baba, Lafia.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has restated his administration’s commitment to providing quality education for the overall development of the state.
Sule made the declaration when he hosted members of the Governing Council and management of the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, at the Government House in Lafia on Friday.
He said that his vision for education was to see Nasarawa State among the top most educationally advantaged states in the country.
The governor stressed that his administration has continued to take appropriate measures towards uplifting the standards of education in the state.
“Among the measures is by ensuring that tertiary institutions in the state, as well as other agencies in the educational sector undergo processes that promote only merit in the recruitment of teaching staff.
“What we want to establish in the whole institutions is if you go through that process, you would appreciate it.
“If people are engaged, based on interviews, based on screening; and not necessarily who they know, they will appreciate their jobs more,” he said.
Sule said that educational institutions in the state must undergo a thorough process of screening and interviews before recruiting their staff.
The governor pointed out that Nasarawa State was currently at the bottom when it came to education placement in the country
He added that the only way the state could rise to an appreciable level was to ensure that staff were recruited, based purely on merit.
He appreciated the governing council as well as the management of the institution for running an all-inclusive administration, particularly the Provost, Dr Yahaya Musa Maikeffi, for his prudence.
The governor assured the members of the council, who had just served their first term, that government would be transparent in appointing a new governing council for the institution.
Earlier, the Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Dr Dominic Bako, said that they were at the Government House to inform the governor of the expiration of their tenure as members of the council.
Represented by Alhaji Dalhatu Mamman, Bako noted that the governor’s intervention had changed the institution positively.
He said that the Council members had contributed positively to the development of the institution.