By Chizoba Okeke/Anastasia Agunwa/Abugu Gloria

Awka, Nov. 20, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Ministry of Tertiary and Science Education on Wednesday says it generated not less than N85.5 million from January to October this year.

The Commissioner, Mrs Sally Mbanefo made the disclosure during Budget defence of the ministry before the House Committee on Tertiary Education in Awka.

Mbanefo said: “at the beginning of the year, the ministry was given a revenue target of N48.6 million but I’m glad to inform this committee that as at October, we generated not less than N85.5 million.

“We are hoping to generate more before the end of the year.’’

The commissioner lamented over non release of adequate funding to the ministry to carry out major projects.

“We are the supervising ministry to various state-owned tertiary institutions such as Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam.

“We also supervise Mineral Resources Agency; these institutions have various challenges in terms of infrastructure, staff members’ remuneration and welfare.

“We are appealing to this committee to help us to look into our budget so we can address the problems,’’ Mrs Mbanefo said.

According to her the ministry in collaboration with Federal Government is working on the installation of gas stations in the state to reduce the use of petrol and increase the use of natural gas.

“The state Government is working hard to make the use of gas an alternative to petrol. We are also working on establishing a ceramic and steel factory.’’

Chairperson, House Committee on Tertiary Education,  Mrs Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche (Onitsha South) described education as key to success and development of an individual or state.

Mrs Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche commended the ministry for the increase in revenue generation, urging it to maintain action plans that would enhance high standards of learning in the state institutions.

She promised that the Committee would continue to promote tertiary education through positive legislation.

“We will ensure we carry out oversight functions to ascertain policies that will promote standard learning in our institutions,’’ she said. (MOI)

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