The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has denied an orchestrated campaign in some quarters that the state government had plans to kill the state-owned Niger Delta University.
The Commissioner said in a statement on Saturday that the Restoration Government led by Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson had always placed emphasis on the critical place of education in the desire to develop the state. cheap prozac cialis buy cheap
He said that a Government which made education compulsory and free at the levels of primary and secondary schools and built many quality boarding institutions would not execute a policy inimical to the development of education in the state.
He argued that a government which had such a sinister motive would not embark on the ongoing construction of a senate building and multiple internal roads within the institution.
The Commissioner added that the NDU was still the most funded institution in the state with a subvention òf N350 million per month from the state coffers.
The Government Spokesman stated further that the NDU had commanded priority attention among the various tertiary institutions in the state as shown by the monies allocated to each institution.
According to him, the state government spends N630 million per month as subventions in the tertiary institutions out of which NDU gets N350 million.
He gave the breakdown of the N630 million monthly subventions to the tertiary institutions to include NDU: N350m; Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education: N100m; College of Health Technology Otougidi: N40m; The Polytechnic Aleibiri N50m; University of Africa N75m and International Tourism Institute N15m.”
He said, “ The position of Governor Dickson on education is not hidden. This is one governor that places emphasis on education as a critical tool to develop the human mind and indeed the society.
“As the leader of an administration which pays N350 million per month as subventions to the NDU, it doesn’t make sense for anybody to come up with such a claim. Do you Fund an institution you want to kill?
“The fact is that the state government committee investigating the issue of the payroll fraud in the public service has discovered the inclusion of large number of redundant, non academic staff in the NDU.
“The government also decided to reduced the payment of N500 monthly subvention to the school to N350 million to put the institution on the lane of productivity. Today we have NDU table water for the first time after eighteen years of its existence.”
He urged the citizenry to ignore the campaign of calumny and support the government to implement the well though-out policies in the interest of the state.