TECHNICAL EDUCATION BUDGET
Briefing the committee members on the achievements of the Ministry in the outgoing year, the Commissioner for Technical Education, Mrs Gbubemi Ikolo said the State Government’s commitment in making Technical Colleges the pivot for skills acquisition and development was yielding results.
Mrs. Ikolo revealed that the Technical Education Ministry had a revised budget of three point three billion naira for the year 2020 and was given a cap of three point two billion naira for the 2021 fiscal year.
She added that seventy percent of the amount is earmarked fofr balance payment of ongoing projects while the remaining thirty percent is set aside for new projects.
The Technical Education Commissioner further explained that two billion naira was added to the amount to cater for the payment of ongoing construction of new model technical colleges, bringing the total amount for capital budget estimates in the Ministry for 2021 financial year to five point two billion naira.
She said the Ministry generated two point three million naira revenue for the State this year stating that the overall budget performance was seventy nine percent.
The Technical Education Commissioner however appealed for adequate budgetary allocations to enable the Ministry perform optimally.
The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Honourable Charles Emetulu stressed the need for more oversight functions for Lawmakers especially in the Education Sector.
Other members of the House Committee with Honourable Charles Emetulu expressed optimism that government was on the right track in raising the bar in the standard of technical education in the State.
Top officials of the Technical education Ministry accompanied Mrs Gbubemi Ikolo to the buddget defence.