Nasarawa State: Tertiary Institutions commence 2023 Budget Defence

Amina Mohammed, Lafia

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The Managements of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology (COAST) Lafia and the College of Education (COE) Akwanga have commenced their 2023 budget defence.

They appeared before the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology for their 2023 budget defence at the State House of Assembly in Lafia.

The Chairman of the Committee, Daniel Ogazi, said that the importance of education to societal development could not be overemphasized, hence the need for the committee’s readiness to leave no stone unturned to achieve global education standards in the State.

Ogazi while welcoming managements of tertiary institutions on their budget defence described budget defence exercise as one of the constitutional responsibilities of the state lawmakers.

”We have invited you to come to defend your institution’s 2023 budget proposals as His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule on November 22, 2022, presented the 2023 budget to this House for consideration and approval.

“The budget has already scaled first and second readings at the floor of this House and Mr Speaker has committed the budget to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on it and report back to the House, hence the need for this exercise.

” Budget defence is one of our constitutional responsibilities and I believe that you are well equipped with all the necessary documents for the defence.

“You are to tell us the challenges facing your institutions with the view of addressing them.

” We will work together and partner with you as we are doing our best for the overall development of your institutions and the State at large,” he said.

Ogazi commended the institutions for their good budget presentations and urged them to continue to do more in the area of revenue generation for the overall development of their institutions and the State at large.

He assured them that the committee would continue to oversight the activities of their institutions to ensure that the right things are done and for the betterment of the education sector.

The Chairman also commended Gov.Abdullahi Sule for prioritizing the education sector while assuring of the committee’s readiness to support the state government in its efforts in the education and other sectors.

Meanwhile, the Provost College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, Yahaya Maikafi, thanked the committee for always supporting its activities to succeed.

“I want to thank His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, and this Honourable Committee for giving our institution the much-needed support to succeed.

He disclosed that the institution would commence engineering programs in the 2023 academic session.

The Provost, College of Education Akwanga, Jonathan Thani, applauded the committee for being up and doing in ensuring the improvement of the standard of education

He assured the committee of his readiness to continue to key into good policies and programs that would improve the standard of education in the institution.

The provost, however, appealed to the state government for the implementation of 4 years of outstanding promotions of the academic and non-academic staff of the institution.

Similarly, the Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed, appreciated the committee for the role it has played in ensuring the taking over of the university staff salaries by the state government.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Administration) Professor Sa’adatu Liman thanked Gov. Abdullahi Sule for taking over the salaries of staff of the university among other efforts he made for the development of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor assured of his readiness to maintain academic standards in the institution at all times.






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