Kwara reversed college’s leave directive

Kwara State Government Tuesday,  said it had reversed the state’s aviation college’s leave-without-pay directive to .

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and  Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, stated this in a statement in Ilorin.

She said the ministry wished to clarify that the government had neither approved for salaries to be paid in percentages nor for any member of staff at the International Aviation College,  Ilorin, to go on compulsory leave without pay at the college or in any of the state’s  tertiary institutions.

She explained that in March 2020, the government directed all its employees to work from home until further notice in the interest of public safety as a result of the COVID-19 .

Modibbo-Kawu said that subsisting directive covered all employees in Kwara  establishments including the aviation college.

She said the was not for anyone to go on leave without pay, adding that the had on several occasions,  approved special for the International Aviation College.

According to her, in January 2020, about N19.460m was approved and released to the college to pay the salaries of its staff; its aviation insurance fees; and other items needed for smooth flight operations.

She said the students of the college were presently on standard pilot course 16, and flight dispatch course six.

She stated that it was also important to state that the college was presently enjoying virtual learning access, the first of such since the college was established.

The commissioner said the present would continue to prioritise the welfare of staff and students, while ensuring accessible and qualitative learning in all its institutions.

“We recognise that the world is facing serious economic at this time and Kwara is not immune.

“Even then, the Ministry of Tertiary , Science and has not approved any pay cut or leave without pay for any category of at this time.

“To this extent, the for pay cut or leave without pay is hereby reversed with immediate effect,” she said.

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