Reopening COE,Gidanwaya ‘ll Confirm Normalcy has Returned to Southern Kaduna-Union
By Hassan Shehu :
The joint unions of Tertiary Institutions Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya Chapter has appealed to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to reopen the college to enable academic activities to commence.
According to the Union , re-opening the college will further confirm that normalcy has returned to Gidan Waya and environs.
It also noted that it will go a long way in boosting socio-economic activities in the area and strengthening the peace and stability already achieved.
Addressing a press conference at the permanent site of the college Gidan Waya ,the COEASU Chairman ,Comrade Noah Danlami said the continued closure of the college is no doubt counterproductive and will obviously negate the aspirations and drive of government to provide free access to education to all its citizens and uplift the standard of education in kaduna state.
While pointing out that sustained closure of the college have negative and long time effects on the training of the much needed manpower required to meet the increasing enrolment rate of pupils and students into both public and private schools , he reiterated that there is need to reopen the college to enable academic activities to commence immediately.
Comrade Danlami lauded the state government for the reforms going on in the college and observed that the reforms are geared towards the total restructuring and uplifting of the standard of the college to a level where it could be rated at par with other colleges of education in Nigeria.
He said that the unions are appreciative of Gov. El-Rufai’s led administration in the state since it’s inception in reviving the college, and further appealed to the governor to direct the implementation of the 65years retirement age policy for academic staff as introduced by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and the Federal Ministry of Education in 2008 and passed into law in 2009 the objective of which to allow tertiary institutions retained experience and senior academic staff for additional five years so as to meet accreditation requirements of Academic Departments in terms of experience manpower and to also serve as resource persons who could mentor the young lecturers on the job.
The joint unions also appealed to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to consider and approve the implementation of CONPCASS/CONTEDISS in state own tertiary institutions to halt increasing cases of brain drain especially among academic staff.
Comrade Danlami finally pledged the unalloyed loyalty of its members to the administration under the able leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai and admonished his members to embrace peace and shun all acts of lawlessness and violence.
He said that the unions also believe that it is high time the state government responds to the critical issues of infrastructural decay in the institution as soon as possible to forestall further deterioration, adding that the reopening of the college will enable contractors to mobilise their workers to site as no contractor will have the moral courage to mobilize his workers to site under the present scenarios where students are not in the campus implying that the security situation has not improved.