By Ofem Koseobase
The Kwara State Commissioner, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajia Saadatu Modibbo, has tasked heads of tertiary institutions on the need to place premium on and imbibe the culture of unity of purpose, transparency and accountability in running the affairs of their various institution.
Modibbo made this charge at the monthly briefing with the ministry and heads of tertiary institutions, held at the conference hall of the ministry, yesterday.
She said “You all must know that the Kwara State of today is no longer business as usual. Henceforth, Council meetings are to be held only quarterly in all our Tertiary Institutions, except of course, on very special cases and emergencies. For instance, where there are vacant post of the Head of Institution.
“In lieu of the zero tolerance for corruption and indiscipline of this administration, you must never be found wanting, and always consult widely before sensitive decisions are taken to avoid costly mistakes.
“As progressives, we must not allow divisive tendencies to come between us, as all hands must be on desk always. You must not to see yourself as an end, but means to achieving an end; there is no gainsaying the fact that little or nothing can you achieve without cooperation.”
“The Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration has unearthed with utter dismay and serious disappointment serious corrupt practices in some of our Tertiary Institutions, according to revelations coming out from reports of the visitation panels set up to investigate the rots in some institutions over a period of time.
“The reports detected numerous atrocities ranging from abuse of office, impunity and misappropriation of scarce resources by people who are saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day activities of these institutions.
The commissioner however vowed to use the instrumentality of her office to right the wrongs and ensure every kobo illegally taken, is returned to the state coffers.
In the same vein, she emphasized on the need for the various Heads of Institutions to consider equity and fairness in the appointment of Principal Officers, going forward. Noting that the distribution of key appointments must unilaterally touch down on all the three Senatorial Districts as a matter of necessity.