PANEL set up by Katsina
State government to look into
activities of five government
owned higher institutions
has indicted management
of the institutions for abuse
of financial regulations on
spending of public funds.
Submitting the report of the
panel to Governor Aminu Bello
Masari, chairman of the panel,
Prof Danjuma Wada said the
Yari noted that since
assumption of office in 2011,
his administration had been
injecting huge financial layout
in fighting banditry.
He said since the
Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria placed the
issue of security in the hands
of the federal government, the
state resources being utilised
in fighting insecurity in the
state needed to be refunded to
the state for execution of more
developmental projects.
He said since the formal
setting up of a peace
negotiation committee in the
state, many armed bandits had
surrendered their weapons to
the state government.
“A relative peace is now
being enjoyed in the state
following a successful peace
negotiation with the bandits,”
Yari said.
He recommended setting
institutions had poor financial
record.
Wada noted that the five
institutions operate many bank
accounts while fees paid by
students were not deposited
into designated separate
accounts.
He said the panel observed
that the vice chancellor of
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
University, Professor Funtua,
personally handled purchase
and supplies to the university
up of a regional forum for
checking the proliferation of
arms within the West African
sub-region to ensure armed
banditry-free West Africa.
Responding, the Minister
of Defence expressed delight
over the efforts of the Zamfara
State government in the peace
process, even as he commended
the governor for the arms
collection and promised to
do more in supporting the
state government in the
maintenance of law and order
in the state.
The minister, who said
security was everybody’s
business, noted that the federal
government had set up an air
force base in the state as part
of its contributions to the fight
against bandits in the state.
Meanwhile, a former
Minister of Justice, Mamman
Nasir has lauded Governor
Yari over developmental
without involving principal
officers.
Prof Wada further said the vice
chancellor ran the university
and implemented programmes
without consulting the
principal officers.
The chairman highlighted
some of the problems faced
by the institution to include
under-staffing, insufficient
water supply and lack of
internet cafe.
Other problems include non-training of staff, inadequate
supporting facilities and
dilapidated structures.
Responding, Governor
Masari said the report would
be discussed at the executive
council meeting before final
decision would be taken on
issues raised by the panel.
Masari said his administration
was committed to addressing
problems facing the institutions
for the delivery of quality
education to the students.


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