Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, yesterday directed principals and tenders boards of Federal Unity Colleges to adhere strictly to the list of projects approved in the 2012 budgets in the rehabilitation of the schools.
Speaking at the Federal Government Girls College, Yola, Adamawa State during an unscheduled visit to commence the phased rehabilitation of Federal Unity Colleges, Wike said the Federal Government would not condone the execution of projects not approved in the budget.
He said the first phase of rehabilitation of Federal Unity Colleges will concentrate on the construction of classrooms, libraries, assembly halls, laboratories and students’ hostels.
The minister declared that the Federal Ministry of Finance has commenced the process of the release of funds for the phased rehabilitation, directly to the principals of the Federal Unity Colleges and their Tenders Boards.
He said: “We are here today to monitor the steps taken by the Federal Unity Colleges to start the rehabilitation of the schools. For us, the rehabilitation must be in line with projects approved in the 2012 budget.
“We have noticed that some projects that are not in the budget have been included in the list by this school. The school is hereby directed to do the right thing. This directive goes to all the colleges selected for the first phase of the rehabilitation.”
Wike stated that monitoring teams have been sent out to monitor the principals and tenders boards of the colleges to ensure they do not deviate from projects approved in the budget.
“Personally, I will be in these schools to assist the monitoring teams to keep the school administrators in check and ensure that only approved budgets are executed to specification,” he said.
In her response, Principal of Federal Government Girls College, Yola, Mrs Zulekatu Momodu, assured the minister that the school would address the issues raised on the list of approved projects in the 2012 budget.
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