2017 Budget: Analysts Task Nasarawa Govt. On Proper Implementation

2017 Budget: Analysts Task Nasarawa Govt. On Proper ImplementationPublic analysts have called on the Nasarawa state government to put modalities in place for proper implementation of 2017 budget by ministries, agencies and parastatals.

They bared their minds in separate exclusive interviews in Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of Nasarawa state.

They noted that if the budget is not fully implemented, it would not meet the yearning and aspirations of the people of the state.

The 2017 budget of 67 billion Naira was presented on the December 15 by the Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, to the House of Assembly tagged: “budget of reformation”.

The budget is expected to be worked on, as soon as the House members resume sitting on January 15, 2017, before it will be assented by the governor and become a law, to pave way for the government to carry out it’s mandate of implementation for the benefit of electorates.

To this end, the analysts have called on the government to put adequate measures in place to monitor it’s implementation by Ministries, agencies and parastatals.

The analysts, Mohammed Musa and Attahiru Abdullahi, both appealed to ministries, agencies and parastatals not to operate outside the box when the budget becomes a law.

“They should consider the economic recession currently being experienced and they should make use of whatever is going to be made available to them judiciously”

“Getting a smaller figure than that of 2016 means that we are more focused on what we want to do now, we are focused on some set targets”

“If we align to the items that aggravate all of these and focus on them, I think that will definitely move the state forward,” they said.

They however scored high the performance of the 2016 budget and expressed optimism that if the 2017 budget is implemented accordingly, it will reposition the state to enviable heights.

Head of Department, Public Administration, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Ahmad Sani Yanga, gave a blue print to the state government on how to record success in the implementation of the 2017 budget.

“Government should not run on a deficit revenue because that is the area where we have problem, as far as government is concerned.

“By the time government runs on a revenue deficit, it means that it must increase taxation, so government must have to adhere strictly and must caution all ministries and agencies to implement the budget properly” he said.

The polytechnic don disagreed with the view that the decrease in the 2017 budget will not meet up the yearning of the people.

Yanga is of the view that the success of a budget lies on the implementation strategy and not the volume of the amount proposed.

He also called on the government to prioritise agriculture in order to boost food production in the state, adding that a hungry state is prone to social ills.

Physical Exercise Reduces Incidences Of Cancer – JUTH

JUTHPhysical exercise has been found to have the capacity to reduce the incidences of cancer in people who practice it.

The assertion was made by Mr Henry Onowe, Assistant Director, Physiotherapy Department, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) during the 2014 world physical therapy day organised by the Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Plateau State.

In his lecture at the occasion, titled “fit to take part or perform”, Dr. Onowe said lifestyle of most cancer patients can be modified with exercise.

The Plateau State Chairman, Nigeria society of physiotherapy, Dr. Samuel Adedayo, said the contribution of physiotherapist to individual and nation was immense and appealed to politicians and policy makers to play a key part in helping the profession.

Another speaker at the event, Dr. Madaki Aboi, Head of Department, family medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, believed every worker needs exercise.

UNILAG VC, Adetokunbo Sofoluwe dies of Cardiac Arrest at 62

Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos has died of cardiac arrest.

The 62-year old professor was rushed to the University of Lagos Health Centre last night from the Faculty of Sciences and as his condition got worse, he was then transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi-Araba where he was pronounced dead early this morning.

Sofoluwe who was known for his remarkable transformation of the institution showed no sign of any kind of illness on Tuesday when he addressed the institution at the press conference marking the Golden anniversary of the University where he also attended for his first degree.

The school is yet to issue any statement over the death of the Professor.

Background

Born April 15th 1950, Sofoluwe attended CMS Grammar School for his secondary education after which he proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Computer Science and graduated with a Second Class upper Division (Honours) in 1973.during his days as a student, he was awarded a German scholarship award for being brilliant academically, he also won the Dean’s prize back to back in the 1971/72 session.

After graduation from the University of Lagos and the completion of his one year compulsory service to the nation, he proceeded to Edinburgh University in Scotland where he earned his Masters and Doctorate in 1975 and 1981 respectively after he won a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Back  home, he kick-started his teaching career at the University of Lagos as a graduate assistant in 1976 ,rose through the ranks till he became a full professor in 1996.

 

Achievements

*Professor Sofoluwe served twice in the computer science department as the head of department (1989-1991 and 1994-1996).

*Served as a Dean of the faculty of science between 1998 and 2002.

* He was elected as member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos (2000-2004).

*While he was appointed as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he returned to the Governing Council in August 30, 2006 by virtue of the appointment.

* On January 30th, 2010 Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.