Lafia - Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday, explained the rationale behind the suspension of the management of the State University, Naasarawa State, Keffi in February.
Al-Makura said this when he appeared before the State Assembly on account of the assembly’s summon to explain his alleged failure to implement some of its resolutions.
He said that the suspension of the management was in keeping with the provisions of the law.
According to him, he has the responsibility to superintend and ensure the smooth running of the institution as its visitor.
He added that the decay of infrastructure and mismanagement in the institution necessitated the suspension.
"The suspension of the management was not a punitive measure, but to allow the management step aside while corrections were being effected to sanitise the system and add value to the institution,” he said.
Al-Makura said that the management was not sacked as being perceived saying that its members were still receiving their salaries and other entitlements.
The governor recalled how the Board of Internal Revenue took the state government and the university to court for allegedly withholding tax to the tune of N75 million.
Al-Makura said the parties opted for out of court settlement after the payment of N35 million with the state government agreeing to offset the balance subsequently.
He pointed out that the activities of the suspended management, in terms of admission and employment, were not in the best interest of the state.
According to him, only about 30 per cent on of the students in the institution are indigenes of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the state Assembly had in June passed a resolution urging the state government to recall the management.