By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia has said strong educational institutions are the backbone of any prosperous society.”It is the place where dreams take roots, where minds are shaped, and where the future is crafted”
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Barr Sam Ode stated this Thursday during the inauguration of Visitation Panel to the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi at Government House, Makurdi.
He explained that it was the responsibilities of everyone in the state to ensure the university functions optimally.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that this university, which I often refer to as the pride of our state, upholds the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and excellence. it is no secret that challenges exist within our system, and it is our duty to address them head-on.”
“This panel has been entrusted with a crucial mission to audit the activities of the university management from 2016 to the present day. It is a task that requires dedication, thoroughness, and an unwavering commitment to justice.
The governor listed the terms of reference to include: Review of the financial management of BSU during the period under review, investigation of the application of funds allocated for specific projects, assessment of staffing and staff development programmes, evaluation of relationships between management and stakeholders, appraisal of the internally generated revenue, scrutinization of students enrolment, and assessment of the condition of physical infrastructure and instructional facilities.
“In short, this panel is tasked with identifying any and all issues that are relevant to the administration and smooth running of our beloved state university”
Governor Alia expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to live above board. “I have full faith in the professionalism and expertise of the esteemed members of this panel. I trust that you will approach your task with utmost diligence, impartiality, and thoroughness. You have been given the power to investigate, to delve into the details, and to make recommendations that will shape the future of our university”
Responding on behalf of other members, Chairman of the committee, Professor Gabriel Moti assured the governor and people of the state that the committee will work diligently to come out with the desired results.
He described the assignment as a diagnostic test which will avail the government with the necessary information and the challenges of the university