Segun Awofadeji in Gombe
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe has inaugurated visitation panels to Gombe-owned higher institutions to assess their condition and recommend ways for improvement.
Speaking during the inauguration at the Government House, the governor said the step was meant to ensure accountability in managing the instructions and improved access to higher education in the state.
He said, “The decision to constitute these panels is borne out of my firm desire to ensure efficient and transparent management of our tertiary institutions, thus fostering accountability and improving access to higher education in Gombe state.”
Yahaya noted that the move became imperative for the institutions to improve and meet the needs of both students and the state for qualified and competitive manpower in the rapidly-changing economy.
He charged members of the visitation panels to conduct a thorough and impartial assessment of the institutions, assess their degree of compliance with existing regulations, and look into staff welfare and financial discipline.
While calling on the management of the institutions to give the panels necessary support and cooperation, the governor encouraged members and leadership of the panels on transparency, integrity and fairness during their assignment.
The institutions to be visited are Gombe State University, Gombe, Gombe State Polytechnic, Bajoga, Gombe State College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State College of Education and Legal Studies, Nafada and Gombe State College of Health Science and Technology Kaltungo.
The panels are expected to complete their assignment and report in two months for further action.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, said the panel members were carefully chosen given their backgrounds and capacity to deliver.