By Mohammed Baba Busu
Lafia, Oct. 19, 2020 The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has expressed the assembly’s resolve to support improved education standard in the state.
Its Chairman, Mr Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East), who made the remark in Lafia on Monday, described quality education as crucial for human and societal development.
Ogazi was addressing the managements of the state College of Education, Akwanga,and College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, who appeared before the committee to assess their 2020 budget performances.
“The importance of the education to human and societal development cannot be over emphasised, so our committee is determined to support tertiary institutions to provide quality education,” he said.
He said the essence of assessing the budget performance of the two institutions was to determine how to tackle inherent challenges in implementing allocations made to them during the year under review.
“We are here to assess how you performed in implementing the 2020 budget, this exercise is also in preparation for the 2021 budget.
“When we know your budget performance in 2020, we will be properly guided ahead of the 2021 budget, and as a committee, we are bent on achieving standard and quality education,” the chairman said.
He urged the managements of the two institutions to make effective use of the education polices and programmes of the Gov. Abdullahi Sule-led government.
“You have to be alive to the tasks before you, improving the education standard in your institutions is a task you cannot afford to joke with,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Roseline Kela, interim Administrator, College of Education, Akwanga, said the outbreak of COVID-19 had affected the flow of academic activities in the institution.
Kela, however, assured the committee that the college was determined to ensure strict adherence to all safety protocols against the pandemic.
On his part, Dr Yahaya Musa Maikeffi, Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, expressed his commitment to improved academic standard.
He urged the State Government to provide the needed funding to acquire facilities for promotion of improved learning.