Kwara Govt promises to reinvent College of Education, Ilorin – Official

Dr Jimoh Ayinla, the Acting Provost, College of Education, Ilorin, says the State Government has promised to reinvent the institution by solving staff monthly salary and other academic needs.

Ayinla confirmed this while speaking in ilorin on Friday. He said that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq paid a familiarisation visit to the college to know their challenges and assess all the activities in the institution.

He noted that one of the major problems discussed was the issue of full payment of salary to members of staff.

The acting provost said that despite government assistance in paying subvention, it had been difficult raising money through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to supplement staff salary.

“The college must have N40 million on ground to add to the part payment of salary the State Government pays monthly, but the school cannot realise the said amount monthly.

“We appealed to the government to assist us in resolving the issue, because we could not pay July salary to all academic staff, while in August we could not pay 60 per cent salary to all staff.

“Gov. AbdulRazaq requested for a memo on all the short funds for July and August to be submitted on his table by Oct. 17, to enable him address the issue,” he said.

Ayinla said that the Governor also visited Model School at the institution to equally appraise their challenges with a view to addressing them.

“The school had not been able to pay staff salary for more than one year,

“In the past, the school was financially buoyant to the extent of supporting the institution sometimes, but since University of Ilorin Secondary School moved close to us, many things changed.

“The number of students enrolled in the school dropped from 700 to 200 students, so it has been difficult generating money and paying salary to members of staff.

“The Governor mandated me to set up a committee with immediate effect on how to resolve the issue,” he said.

The acting provost also said the road network in the college was not motorable and urged the government to extend the same gesture done at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin.

“The State Government had done justice to Queen School and made the place very easy for vehicles to move round the compound, so we want the same thing and he has promised to work on it.

“Also, some of the school infrastructure, like some classrooms, need to be renovated and he promised to help us solve all the listed problems,” he said.

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