Tertiary institution lecturers in Kwara State have commended the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for approving the release of funds to tertiary institutions in the state as part of the recently released Paris Club Refunds to the state.
The Committee of Union of Tertiary Institutions (CUTI), Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin Chapter issued the commendation in a statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Imam Abdulkadir on Saturday.
The Committee said the payment would in no small measure alleviate the hardship of its members.
The Committee noted that it is aware of the current financial situation of the State, but appealed to Governor Ahmed to expedite action on the release of fund for the fourth quarter subvention to the College.
CUTI said the prompt release of the fund would make life more meaningful for its members, saying that this is in line with the governor’s magnanimity to the State workers.
Recall that Governor Ahmed last Wednesday approved the release of N312, 191, 101.71 to tertiary institutions in the state to clear salary arrears of their staff.
The beneficiary institutions are Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, Kwara State College of Education, Oro, Kwara State College of Education (Special), Lafiagi, College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin, Kwara State School of Midwifery, Ilorin and Oke-ode as well as Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa.
According to the State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, the payment include N126, 938, 104, which serves as the 6th instalment of the State government’s intervention for tertiary institutions in the state.
Banu said the balance of N185, 252, 996 represents the third quarterly payment of subvention to the institutions and that the final instalment of N378,426,018 will be paid as additional funds become available to the government.