… Capital Projects take 64%
Governor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday presented a budget of N267b for Borno’s 2022 fiscal year, from which the education sector got the largest share of N38 billion, representing 20.22% of the budget size.
Addressing lawmakers at the State Assembly in Maiduguri, Zulum announced a total of N267,921,484,000 combining N172, 535,634,000 for capital expenditure, and N95,385,850,000 for recurrent expenditure.
Titled the budget of “Hope for Post-Conflict Stability”, Zulum said the budget aims to fast track ongoing reconstruction of destroyed communities for safe and dignified resettlement of IDPs, as well as the provision of livelihood and social support to citizens. The budget also aims to fund completion of all ongoing capital projects.
The Governor explained that the budget will be financed from anticipated recurrent revenue of N113,839,901,000 made of FAAC allocation and increased IGR, and capital receipts of N154,081,583,000 made up of loans and grants.
He announced many plans in the education sector which include the establishment of new technical schools, reconstruction and reopening of some schools destroyed by insurgents, and the establishment of what he called “Centres of Excellence” which will involve identifying two existing secondary schools in each of Borno’s three Senatorial zones and transforming the six schools to become of international standards.
Zulum announced allocations for other sectors, setting aside N23.8b for reconstruction of communities destroyed by insurgents, as well as the rehabilitation and resettlement of victims. He explained plans for construction of resettlement houses in Abadam, Guzamala, Kukawa, Kwaya Kusar, Dikwa, Malamfatori, Logumane, Gajibo, Gudumbali, Dalwa, Darajamal, Ngurosoye, Kirawa, Maiwa, Ashigasha among others.
For other sectoral allocations, Health and Human services got N24.2b, Ministry of Finance received N30.4b to sustain prompt payment of salaries and gratuities, Housing and Energy was allocated N8.7b for completion of a housing estate and other projects.
Zulum also announced allocation of N22.9b to Works, for the construction of a number of roads he listed and gave N10.4b to Agriculture and Natural Resources for series of farming programmes, animal and fisheries development.
The sum of N4.4b was allocated for Transport, while various amounts to other sectors including security operations through the Security Trust Fund and the Governor’s office which normally undertakes major interventions on sensitive security matters.
… Capital projects take 64%
Meanwhile in the budget proposed by Governor Zulum, 64% of the entire budget which is N172.5 billion out of N267.9 billion, was allocated for capital projects mostly physical constructions of infrastructure, houses, schools and others.
Zulum earlier gave detailed review of the 2021 budget performance, reeling out verified statistics of projects and programmes delivered by his administration in 2021, with names of communities where the projects are located.
2022 UTME: JAMB RELEASES RESULT
The Joint admissions and matriculation board JAMB has released results of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.
A statement by the Head Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin in Abuja says the process for checking the result is to send UTMERESULT ( one word) to 55019 using the same phone number the candidate had used for registration.
According to the statement, That is the only process of checking the 2022 UTME results for now as the Board has not uploaded it on its website for obvious reasons.
The Board urges all candidates to ignore all deceitful messages on how to check their 2022 UTME results as they are all products aimed at misleading them.
The 2022 UTME began on Friday, 6th May 2022 and ended on Friday 13th May 2022.
ASUU Extends Strike By 3 Months
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended the ongoing strike by twelve weeks, the president of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke said on Monday.
In a statement he issued after an emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the association at the University of Abuja on Sunday, the ASUU president said the decision was to give the government enough time to resolve all outstanding issues with the lecturers.
“After extensive deliberations, noting the Government’s failure to live up to its responsibilities and speedily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the additional eight-week roll–over strike period declared on 14th March 2022, NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for twelve weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues,” the ASUU president’s statement read.
“The roll-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 9th May 2022.”
Ila Varsity: We’re ready for take-off – Oyetola
Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola says the State is fully ready for the smooth take-off of the recently approved Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences, Ila-Orangun in Ila Local Government Area of the State.
He disclosed that as part of efforts to ensure that academic activities commence at the institution in September, 2022, the State government had since approved for use, part of facilities at the College of Education in lla as temporary site of the specialised University.
Oyetola revealed that the government had also approved land for the citing of the University’s permanent site, adding that the survey of the land would be soon completed.
He made this known on Wednesday when he received at his office, the technical team from the Federal Ministry of Education who are in Osun to kick-start process for the establishment of the University. The team informed the Governor of the FG’s determination to ensure the institution takes off by September.
Responding, Oyetola said the state government was prepared to support FG’s efforts to actualise the dream of establishing the specialised university which he said, would enhance healthcare delivery in the State and also complement his administration’s efforts to revitalise the health sector.
He therefore commended President Muhammadu Buhari for considering Osun worthy of having the institution.
“We shall do all within our power to ensure that the Federal Government achieve its vision for establishing the University.
“Ila Orangun, the host community is one of the most ancient towns in yoruba land. Agitation for university for the community has been on for about 45 years. Therefore, the President Buhari-led administration has recorded a great history by this singular gesture.
“Apart from the economic gains to lla in particular and the State in general, Osun, through the University is now a base for developing health specialists, which is an opportunity for our youth to become professionals in this area.
“As a Government, to demonstrate our commitment to this laudable project, we have given approval for the land and the Survey process will soon be completed.
“To ensure the institution takes off this September, we have also approved for use part of the College of Education in lla, as a temporary site. And to the best of my knowledge, no request from the institution has been turned down by us.
“As you are all aware, Osun is noted for award-winning endeavours and excellence in numerous sectors, including the health sector. I assure you that the Federal University of Health Sciences, lla Orangun, is in safe hands and will naturally flow into excellence for which it is founded upon”, the governor said.
Earlier, the leader of the Technical Team who doubled as the Director, University Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Mrs Rakiya IIyasu, said the essence of the visit to Osun was to evaluate the level of preparation towards the successful take-off of the University.
Mrs IIyasu described the decision of the FG to establish the new universities as a noble intent to reduce medical tourism and lay a solid foundation for building national preparedness and resilience in anticipation of future challenges in the health sector. He added that the successful implementation of the project would go a long way to address the menace.
She said: “Sometimes last in June last year, the President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of four new specialized universities in Akwa Ibom, Jigawa Bauchi and Osun States respectively.
“The approval of the new tertiary institutions were aimed at improving the health system because if we don’t have the training ground here, we will still be lagging behind. The shortfall noticed in medical care is huge. When Ebola came, we were handicapped because we didn’t know how to handle it so also when pandemic came, we were challenged and for this reason, we need to train our personnel, we need to build experts that will deal with these health matters. Also, to reduce medical tourism, you will agree with me that we spend a lot of money on medical tourism.
“If we are able to get this right, it will reduce our currency that has been flown outside. So, we are here today to visit the site and take it over. This has been done for the other three universities and essence is to see the site and to know the amount of land available because the university is not to build it today but it is an ongoing. We need to know whether we are going to have permanent site or temporary.
“Less I forget, I must remind us that Mr President had approved N5billion as takeoff grant for the establishment of the universities which will be sourced from Tetfund. But we need to partner the State to complement this effort of the FG so as to kindly provide for the immediate takeoff of the university.”
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