This is certainly a palatable news to all workers of the College of Education and Polytechnic in Niger state. Report has it that the Government on Friday announced the increase in the salaries of workers in the state college of education and polytechnic. grapevine gathered that, The salary is increased by 15 per cent; aside the five per cent earned allowance.

It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru, chapter, Comrade Kasim Ibrahim Mohammed has on February accused the state government in the past five years for grossly underfunded the institution and that this has led to brain-drain of lecturers from the institution to other places.

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Alhaji Bashir Nuhu, who disclosed this while addressing journalists in Minna, said the state executive council approved the increase during the week.

Nuhu, however, said since the increase was not included in the 2014 budget, its implementation would begin on January 1, 2015.

The commissioner said that 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, the development will cost the government additional N468m annually.

Nuhu said, “We discussed the matter exhaustively with all the unions; they are aware of the budgetary challenges, it was not arbitrarily done.”

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

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