By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has warned that any head of tertiary institution in the state who fails to meet revenue targets resulting in salary arrears would be changed.
Governor Ahmed, who handed down the warning during a meeting with heads of government owned- tertiary institutions in the state, directed the immediate release of the first and second quarter allocations to the tertiary institutions, explaining that the revenue projections for the schools have been included in the 2017 budget proposal, and formed the basis of agreed subventions.
The Governor noted that the heads of schools in the State must intensify efforts to market their institutions, increase student numbers and enhance their internally generated revenues (IGR) to meet recurrent expenditure. This, according to the governor, would ensure that they meet their projected revenues, with an assurance that the State government would continue to meet its obligations to the institutions in terms of provisions of subventions and infrastructure.
Ahmed, however, expressed confidence that the management of the institutions would meet their targets and pledged the state government’s continued support, saying that the Institutions would soon be restructured and made self-sustaining in view of current economic realities and global trends.
The Governor disclosed that the state government would soon set up a committee to assess the infrastructural needs of the institutions, which would be funded under the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK).
Responding, Alhaji Elelu, Rector of Kwara state Polytechnic, thanked the governor for his support and pledged their commitment to effective running of the institutions. He said Kwara Polytechnic for example has a five-year plan in place which would require government support as well as the institutions’ internal efforts to raise revenue. He said they are fully cognisant of the challenges in the state’s economy and would do more to complement government efforts.