The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, through its Committee on Education, Science, and Technology, has advocated for more funding for the State University if it must meet up with global best practices.
This position was made known by the Chairman House Committee on Education, Science and Technology Hon. Daniel Ogah Ogazi, when the Vice-Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, presented the Year 2020 budget review performance report to members of the committee at the State House of Assembly in Lafia on Monday.
The Chairman said the meeting is to appraise the budget performance and proffer solutions to challenges encountered.
The Committee commended the Vice-Chancellor and the university's principal officers for diligently running the institution's affairs, noting that NSUK is the only industry in the state and so needs all the support it can get in terms of funding.
They, therefore, charged the Accountant General of the State, Mr. Zakka Yakubu to treat issues related to the University as a top priority.
Hon. Ogazi also called on the State Government through the Accountant-General to, as a matter of urgency, take up the payment of staff salaries in the university. This, according to him, will enable the University management to channel its internally generated revenue for other developmental endeavours.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, earlier gave a breakdown of the budget performance, including the proposed take-off of the Faculty of Engineering and College of Medical and Health Sciences in the next Academic Session.
The twin issues of underfunding and taking over staff salaries by the state government, amongst other challenges, were also highlighted.
The oversight meeting had the Accountant-General of the State, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Members of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology and Principal Officers of the university.