AAU: Obaseki Lifts Embargo On Employment, Tasks Governing Council On Reforms


AAU: Obaseki Lifts Embargo On Employment, Tasks Governing Council On Reforms

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (3rd right); his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu (2nd right); Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., (right); Chairman, Governing Council, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Chief Lawson Omokhodion (3rd left); Vice Chancellor, AAU, Prof Ignatius Onimawo (2nd left); and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. J. A Agho, during a courtesy visit by members of the Council, to the Government House, in Benin City, on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has tasked the Governing Council of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) to initiate reforms that will reposition the institution into a world-class centre of excellence in learning and research.

The
governor has also lifted the embargo on employment at the institution
but maintained that the school must not employ people it cannot pay or
who are unqualified.

Obaseki
disclosed this when members of the Governing Council of AAU, paid a
courtesy visit to the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State
capital.

He
urged the governing council to ensure discipline is maintained among
staff and students in the school, noting, “People have to be prosecuted
if found wanting. People who steal must be prosecuted and funds
returned.”

Obaseki
urged the council to be innovative in generating funds to run the
institution, noting that this could be done through Internally Generated
Revenue (IGR) and donations from alumni, tasking the council to source
for private investors to augment the school’s funding.

He
noted that the state government could not increase the institution’s
budget due to financial constraints, noting: “I want to work with you to
streamline your system, processes and extract the value that exists in
the university.” 

On employment, he said, “Sort out what you have to do before you employ. Check the quality of people you want to employ also.”

He
assured members of the council of continued support from the state
government, urging the board not to relent in its efforts to change the
narrative of the institution.

Chairman
of the Governing Council, Chief Lawson Omokhodion, said the council has
resolved to promote productivity in the institution in line with
recommendations of the due diligence exercise earlier carried out.

He
thanked the governor for regular monthly subvention for payment of
salaries and pension, noting that the council is working to make the
institution one of the best five universities in the country within the
next five years.

Omokhodion
listed projects to be embarked upon by the council to include staff
audit, forensic audit, deployment a new pension scheme and annual
convocation ceremony.

He
decried encroachment of the institution’s land by herdsmen while
appealing for construction of perimeter fencing around the school.



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