“.. as NSUK, COAST, COE appear before education committee friday… “
Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has today commenced the 2023 budget defence exercise with continuous commitment to effectively synergize with the State Government to achieve global best standard in the education sector of the State.
Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology made the pledge when Management of College of Agriculture, Science and Technology ( COAST) Lafia , College of Education ( COE) Akwanga and Nasarawa State University, Keffi ( NSUK) appeared before the committee for their 2023 budget defence at the Assembly Complex in Lafia.
Ogazi said that the importance of the education to societal development could not be overemphsized, hence the need of the committee’s readiness to leave no stone unturned to achieve global education standard in the State.
The chairman 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 institutions 2023 budget proposals as His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule on November 22, 2022 has presented the 2023 budget to this House for consideration and approval.
” And 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.
” Your 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 that the committee would continue to oversight the activities of their institutions to ensure that 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.
Earlier, Dr Yahaya Musa Maikafi, the Provost College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia 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 programmes in the 2023 academic session.
On his part, Dr Jonathan Thani, Provost, College of Education Akwanga also appreciated the committee for being up and doing in ensuring improve standard of education in the institution.
He assured of his readiness to continue to key into good policies and programmes that would improve on the standard of education in the instituction.
The provost, however, appealed to the state government for the implementation of 4 years outstanding promotions of academic and non academic staff of the institution.
Also, Prof. Suleiman Bala Mohammed , the Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi 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) Prof. 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 standard in the institution at all times.