Nasarawa releases N20m for accreditation of 28 courses
Dr. Rebecca Isaac, the Provost of the College of Education, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, says the state government has released N20 million for the accreditation of 28 courses in the institution.
She said that the measure was part of the government’s determination to improve on the standard of education in the college.
Isaac made this known on Tuesday when the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology paid an oversight visit to the college in Akwanga.
She said that the college had been able to execute some projects with its internally generated revenue to improve on the living standard of lecturers and students.
Isaac said: “Apart from payment of staff salaries, the college has not been able to implement most of its capital expenditure due to lack of fund facing the nation.
“But we are happy to inform you that the state government has released N20million for the accreditation of 28 courses at the institution.
“Out of these 28 courses presented for accreditation, 26 courses have been successful accredited, while two courses are to be accredited soon.
“We also want to inform you that with the internal revenue of the institution, we are able to executive projects such as renovations of staff offices, classrooms, lecture halls, and perimeter fencing of the school among others.”
Isaac commended TETFUND for its intervention in the construction of many lecture theatres and halls that had direct bearing on the college and called for its sustenance.
According to her, shortages of man power, stagnation of staff and annual increment as well as lack of subvention to the school among others, are some of the problems facing the institution.
The provost commended the committee for facilitating the return of payment of staff salaries to the institution from the state Bureau of Salary Office.
Earlier, Daniel Ogazzi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, said the visit was to assess the 2016 budget performance of the institution with a view to addressing any challenge.
Ogazzi said: “It is only when the committee knows the budget performance of the institution in the 2016 fiscal year that it will serve as a guide for the 2017 fiscal year.”
The lawmaker assured the institution of the committee’s readiness to address some of its challenges in order to improve the standard of education in the state.