The Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia, has called upon the recently inaugurated visitation panels for the state’s five tertiary institutions to conduct thorough assessments and engage with stakeholders to bring about positive changes in the educational sector. Governor Alia issued this charge during the inauguration ceremony held at the New Banquet Hall of Government House, Makurdi, on Wednesday.
The governor urged the panel members to undertake a comprehensive review of the financial management of these institutions, specifically covering the period from 2016 to the present day. He also stressed the importance of investigating the allocation and utilisation of funds for specific projects within these institutions. Additionally, Governor Alia highlighted the significance of evaluating staff and staff development programmes.
He emphasised the need for the panel members to execute their duties with unwavering integrity and professionalism, commending them for their expertise in their respective fields of endeavour. Governor Alia, represented by his deputy, Sam Ode, tasked the panels with appraising the internally generated revenue of the affected institutions, scrutinising student enrollment figures, and assessing the condition of the physical infrastructure and facilities essential for the institutions’ smooth operation.
The members are to undertake a comprehensive review of the financial management of these institutions, specifically covering the period from 2016 to the present day.
Governor Alia encouraged the panel members to actively engage with students from the affected institutions to gather their opinions and suggestions, promoting a more inclusive and student-centred approach. He further appealed to the management and staff of these institutions to cooperate fully with the panels, providing transparent and accurate information while engaging in constructive dialogue to foster development rather than adopting defensive or resistant stances.
In separate remarks, the chairpersons of the visitation panels for Benue Polytechnic Ugbokolo, Akperan Orshi Polytechnic Yandev, Akawe Torkula Polytechnic Makurdi, College of Education Oju, and College of Education Katsina-Ala, expressed their gratitude to the governor for entrusting them with this important task. They pledged to conduct their assessments with thoroughness, fairness, and transparency, with the ultimate goal of reshaping the educational landscape in the state.
The panel chairs also called upon the state government to provide an enabling environment for them to carry out their assignments effectively. They appealed for cooperation from both the management of the institutions and all relevant stakeholders, underscoring the collective responsibility of all parties to enhance the quality of education in Benue State.
The inauguration of these visitation panels signals a renewed commitment by the Benue state government to address issues within the state’s tertiary institutions and improve the quality of education provided to its citizens. With the governor’s charge and the panel members’ dedication to their roles, the educational sector in Benue State is poised for significant positive transformations in the coming months.