By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In view of the giant strides recorded by the acting Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Dr. Eucharia Ngozi Okpara, a coalition of civil society organizations non Kaduna State has appealed to President Muhammad Buhari to confirm her as a substantive DG.
The call was made at a press conference, anchored by the Convener, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Kaduna State, Comrade Zubairu Mukhtar A, on Saturday June 29, in Kaduna.
“We want to appreciate the Federal Government who appointed a personality of inestimable character and an academic juggernaut as an acting capacity and we are proud to say that having her as a substantive Director General would not only take NILEST to the next level but also compliment the next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We would like to appreciate the giant strides and doggedness of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari in your fight against corruption and ensuring the principles of good governance is ensured in the Public Sector,” the coalition said.
They explained that the call became very pertinent upon them as youths, progressives who have the interest of the good people of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large at heart to come forth as a formidable team to commend the transformational agenda carried out by Dr. Mrs. E.N Okpara in Nigerian Institute of Leather & Science Technology, Zaria.
“NILEST under the leadership of Dr. Mrs. E. N. Okpara as Ag. Director General has recorded several developments and transformational overhaul which is not limited to: Continuation of construction work on NILEST Entrepreneurship centre which is 70% complete, Construction of NILEST South East Regional Centre, Okwodor, Imo state 30% complete, Renovation of offices and workshops and Construction, renovation, equipping & commissioning of NILEST Sokoto extension CentreProcurement of state of the arts machineries for leather footwear, polymer production, science & research laboratories to enhance research.
“Similarly, the procurement of several project vehicles to ease transportation of staff and students, Consistency in promotion of qualified staff as at when due, Clearing of backlog of some outstanding salary arrears, Collaboration with international and local organization towards the realization of NILEST mandate and Zero industrial crisis since her assumption as Acting DG as against 12 local industrial strikes experienced by her predecessor between 2010 – 2016,” they listed.
The coalition further said that her zero tolerance for corruption, adherence to the principle of transparency and accountability, production of over 6,500 military boots as a collaboration project with the Nigerian Army to mention but a few are other outstanding things that make her stand out.
“Premised on the above, we are proud to be associated with NILEST under her able leadership of Dr E. N Okpara and her exemplary leadership style is that would take NILEST to the next level,” they concluded.