Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed anger at some policies of tertiary institutions in the state, stating that political considerations rather than desire for excellence are responsible for some of the policies in many instances.
The governor said this in Katsina, the Katsina State capital, on Thursday evening while receiving the report of the Justice Saddiq Abdullahi Mahuta-led committee on the performance of heads of tertiary institutions owned by the state.
Masari, however, said his government did not have time to waste on political considerations in matters affecting education, saying such considerations had dragged the state down to the bottom rung of the education ladder in Nigeria
He said, “We must avoid doing things simply to pander to political correctness. We do not have the time for that in Katsina State. In matters of education, we must always put a square peg in a square hole. The interest of the state must always guide our choice of those who head our tertiary institutions.
“Katsina, which used to blaze the trail in the North, has now become very poor in terms of performance in education and this is not unconnected with the considerations that guide the choice of those into whose hands we entrust the fate of our educational institutions, especially at the tertiary level.
“With the cooperation and support of one and all, especially the elite, we are determined to do the right thing to expand the frontiers of the education sector in Katsina because no society develops beyond the level of the education of its citizens.
“We have the willpower, the commitment and focus to put Katsina State back to where it used to be in the education sector and by the grace of Allah, we will ensure we do just that.”
In his remarks, Justice Mahuta observed that the conduct of some heads of tertiary institutions in the state left much to be desired, advising the government to take all necessary measures to address the rot threatening tertiary level education in the state.