16 October 2020 by Ohikwo Muhammad.
Education is to be given at least 20 per cent of the annual budget by the Kogi State Government.
The State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello stated this at the Government House, Lokoja when he received the Committee report on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science & Technology, CUSTECH Osara, Kogi State.
The Governor stated that education would continue to be given priority.
“I hearby direct the Commissioner for Finance, Budget & Economic Planning and Commissioner for Education that budget 2021, 2022, 2023 and by the grace of God we shall pass the 2024 before handing over, Education should not have less than 20% of the total budget”. Governor Bello directed.
According to the Governor, “We have started with hundreds of steps at the same time. The bill establishing the institution had since been passed and signed into law. We have visited the National Universities Commission. We have passed an Executive Memo at the EXCO creating the University account and the account has been created. We have started funding the account as we speak”
Governor Bello appreciated the committee for a job well done hinting that in the next one year, CUSTECH would be a reality.
Chairman of the Ad hoc committee and Professor of Mathematics, University of Jos, Professor Muhammed Salihu Audu explained that among other terms of reference, the technical Committee had come up with the planning documents and considered sources of funding such as statutory allocation from State and the Institution’s internally generated revenue.
The Committee therefore recommended immediate constitution and appointment of managerial & teaching staff as well as procurement of facilities, equipment and infrastructure for NUC recognition & approval.
It also recommended that the University’s development schedule be domiciled in the office of the Governor for effective monitoring.
Professor Audu who is a Former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna said establishing the Science and Technology University was imperative in securing the future of youths owing to numerous Technological advantages open to the State .
Earlier, Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Chief Wemi Jones noted that the Committee was given an onerous task which it did thoroughly.