By Mohammed Baba Busu
Dr. Aliyu Umar, the Executive Director, National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, says he has prioritized staff welfare and infrastructural development in his last three years in office.
Dr. Umar disclosed this in an interview with the Newsmen in Bida on Sunday
He expressed satisfaction with his performance and pledged to sustain the tempo in the areas of infrastructural development, research, staff welfare, and health, among others.
“This is to create an enabling environment for the staff and others to discharge their duties without hitches and to take the institute to a greater height.
“We have developed and still developing infrastructures. You can see the network of roads that we built in the last three years.
“It is not just road construction, you can see street lights, solar, standard staff clinic, international conference hall, among others.
“The international conference center has 600 seat capacity with modern state of art facilities.
“Before now it was a one-bed staff clinic but we thank God that my administration expanded it from a one-bed structure to 10 beds health center for patients.
“As qualified health personnel such as doctors, Nurses, among others, are engaged and this is for staff, students and other people using for their improved health status.
“We also have improved and rehabilitated control structure where experiments are conducted.
The NCRI boss explained also that under his watch they have built cold rooms to store seeds and for seeds to last long years.
“We have resuscitated NCRI News Letter through which we report our activities,” he said.
He added that his administration expanded the staff guest house for the institute and visitors’ accommodation needs.
“This and other infrastructural development embarked upon by me has generated revenue to the coffers of our institute,” he said.
Dr. Aliyu further said that his administration has placed a premium on staff welfare for optimal productivity.
“We have regularised staff promotions. There is no more stagnation in staff promotion and other welfare packages,” he explained.
Besides, he said that he has reviewed the institute’s security architecture for peace and security the institute.
“We kitted our security, we have CCTV to monitor the movement of people and others.
“We have sought the service of a vigilante group to complement the efforts of our security,” he said.
The NCRI boss commended the federal government for funding the institute and called for its sustenance.