By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna.
The Commissioner Ministry of Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi has said that the 2020 budget of education sector tops the list in getting the lion share of the budget.
Makarfi stated this during budget defence of the ministry at Kaduna State House of Assembly.
According to him, over N42 billion would be spent by the ministry in the year 2020.
He said over N26 billion would be spent for capital projects ” that means the institution would enjoy new face lift interms of infrastructure”
While the sum of over N10 billion would be spent on the payment of salaries and over N12 billion would be for the recurrent expenditure.
Makarfi further assured the citizen’s that the security of institutions is one of the paramount issues and government has already approved for the employment of additional security personnel for the institutions, as well as improve the number of matrons taking care of the institutions and to improve the road network and infrastructure,
” This is part of what form the capital budget”
Meanwhile Rector Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi presented budget of Over N3billion.
Abdullahi said the sum of N1 billion would be spent on capital projects, while the sum of N1.7billion would be spent as recurrent expenditure.
While speaking on their major priority, he said ” we want to have more facilities such as equipment for our laboratories and workshops , we want go into accreditation for our programme” he added.
He further appealed to the house to look at the proposals carefully and give them approval.
The Executives Secretary Kaduna state Scholarship Board, Alhaji Hassan Rilwan sought Assembly’s intervention to assist the board to do some upward reviews on some critical aspects of the scholarship so as to be able to run the board better.
“we are trying to make sure that funds are provided for to improve on the universities that our students are going outside the country,
“We are not just going to throw them to just any university because they are outside the country”
Adding that the board is also trying to remove subjectivity so that only qualify the indigent of the state can be the priority for the scholarship awards.
According to him the criteria for the scholarship is going to be for Kaduna citizens either by residency or birth.
“There is going to be a minimum critaria for marits the one for disabilities and the one for certain special needs of the state”
The Chairman also commended the commitee for understanding the needs for scholarship and understand the need for education so its makes our job easier.
Kaduna State House of Assembly has also stressed its determination towards making move through Legislation framework that would improve the living condition of the citizen’s.
The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Alhaji Yusuf Liman stated this during budget defence by ,ministry of Education.
Liman said that the Legislative arm would continue to consider an importance policies which will be aim at moving the State forward.
He said that the Assembly has passed different laws and resolutions that would improve educational sector in the State.
The Chairman therefore assured that Ministry of Education is getting proper considerations during 2020 budget that will improve its quality of in the state.