Jalingo - The Acting Governor of Taraba, Garba
Umar, on Wednesday ordered the immediate payment of the arrears
of scholarship allowances to students of the state in various
institutions of higher learning.
The Commissioner for Information, Ate Kundu, stated this at the end of the State Executive Council meeting in Jalingo.
Kundu said the acting governor had expressed concern that the students' allowances had not been paid for nearly three years.
Kundu said the commissioner for education had been directed to come
up with the total number of the beneficiaries of the arrears and submit
same to government immediately.
“The list is expected to capture all students of Taraba origin who
are in universities both at home and abroad so that funds for payment
will be made available,” he said.
Kundu said members of the council also expressed displeasure over the
low internally generated revenue profile of the state, adding that
three quarter of its budget was funded by statutory allocation.
The commissioner, however, said a committee earlier set up by the
state government to enhance revenue generation had submitted its report,
stressing that the report would be studied for implementation.
Meanwhile, Kundu said that the acting governor had also approved a minor cabinet changes.
With the new changes, he said, the Commissioner for Poverty
Alleviation, Isa Musa, was moved to the Ministry of Agriculture
while the Commissioner for Environment, Danfulani Kwetaka, was moved
to the Ministry of Works as commissioner.