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Employment: Give Priority To Casual Staff, Nasarawa Assembly Tells IMAPoly

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“…As Over 5000 Applicants Jostle For 100 Slots, With Over 400 1st Class Applications Received…”

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has urged the management of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic (IMAP), Lafia to absorb academic and non academic casual staff who are working in the institution for a long period of time before considering other fresh applicants in its ongoing employments.

Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education made the call when the management of the polytechnic appeared before the committee for its 2021 budget assessment today in Lafia.

Ogazi said that absorbing the casual lecturers and other staff was in the interest of justice, fairness, peace and for the overall development of the polytechnic.

“We want to commend you for being up and doing in taking the institution to a greater height.

“On the issue of the ongoing employment in the institution, we want to urge you to consider and give priority to those casual lecturers and other staff that have been working for a long period of time in the institution.

“Some of them are working under casual for five, eight, ten and even eleven years.

“And now that the government has approved employment, I call on you to absorb casual lecturers and other staff first before you consider fresh applicants, you have professionals and capable hands that are working for you before now, consider them first,” he said.

“I want to appeal to fresh applicants to be patient as the exercise will be in batches,” he added.

Ogazi has also called on the state government to give more attention to the development of the institution.

“I want to call on the executive to consider education as the bedrock of development and the strength of the state, especially higher and technical education”.

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He said that the committee would continue to collaborate with government in order to take the institution to the next level of development.

Earlier, Dr Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic while presenting the institution’s budget performance, commended the committee for the support the institution is enjoying from it and called for its sustenance.

She said that a total of 5,540 applicants have applied for the 100 vacancies approved by the government.

“We have screened and have gotten 767 qualified applicants, out of which about 400 first class applied for the job,” she said.

Kotso said that the management under her watch has installed solar power in the school’s library and ICT centre as well as installation of CCTV cameras to improve on security and other academic activities.

“We have also strengthened our registration portal in order to block linkages and wastages as perimeter fencing is ongoing in the institution,” she added.

The Rector, called on the students not to allow themselves to be used to cause violence and crisis in the institution but continue to be law abiding for development to thrive.

She, however, identified funding as a major challenge facing the institution.

“His Excellency, Gov Abdullahi Sule is doing his best in taking the institution to the next level of development.

“But as Oliver Twist, we are appealing for more funding as we are prepared to continue to bring new innovations for the overall development of the institution” she added.

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