Thursday, 1 October 2015

Benue House of Assembly Committee On Education, Science and Technology Visit Benue Poly

Mrs Ngunan Addingi, the Benue House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Education, Science and Technology, has urged management of Benue Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, to ensure even distribution of research grants to lecturers.

Addingi made the appeal Thursday when the committee paid a familiarisation visit to the institution in Ugbokolo, Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state.

She said if benefits such as research grants were evenly distributed to lecturers, it would boost their morale and encourage them to put in their best.

She added that the lecturers give in their best by impacting the desired knowledge to the students, adding that the society would be better for it.

She said the visit was not in any way aimed at witch-hunting anybody but to interact with the school management, to ascertain its challenges and channel them to appropriate quarters for action.

Also, Mr Joseph Ojobo (PDP-Ogbadibo cautioned the rector against giving appointments in the school without following the laid down procedures.

Ojobo urged the rector not to allow any member of staff to occupy two vital positions in the school no matter the circumstance.

Another member of the committee, Mr James Gbande (APC-Kwande East), berated the management for not involving women in key positions in the institution, stressing that it was not gender sensitive.

Gbande advised the school to give women ample opportunity to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the institution.

The Rector, Prof. Hyacinth Oluma, complained that the institution was grossly understaffed.

Oluma also said that some part time staff members had served the school for over 15 years but were yet to be confirmed.

All the staff members that spoke at the meeting praised the rector.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee comprised four members – Addingi as chairman, Ojobo, Gbande and Jato as members while Francis Adole is Secretary.

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