The Delta House of Assembly Committee on Education has directed all the state-owned tertiary institutions to furnish it with their records of incomes and expenditures for 2017 and 2018 financial years.
The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Ms Angela Nwaka, gave the directive during the 2019 budget defence meeting with the heads of the state-owned tertiary institutions on Thursday in Asaba.
Nwaka said though tertiary institutions had the power to generate revenue and spend, there was need for them to be transparent in line with the laid down procedures.
‘’Education is a key sector in any nation.
“As such, there is every need to strengthen it in order for them to live up to expectation in churning out qualified manpower for the nation’s developmental needs,’’ she said.
Nwaka added that the committee was determined to do its best in assisting the state Ministry of Higher Education and other tertiary institutions in the state to achieve their set goals.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr Jude Sinebe, noted that tertiary institutions usually submitted their monthly incomes and expenditures reports to the state Ministry of Finance.
On achievements recorded in 2018, Sinebe said, “some courses were accredited in the Delta State University, the three polytechnics and colleges of education in the state during the year.
“The state government also embarked on some projects in Abraka and Asaba campuses of DELSU,” he said.
Sinebe, however, appealed to the committee to appropriate more funds to the ministry to enable it to meet up with its obligations.
He also commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for embarking on various projects in the state, especially in DELSU.