Governor Samuel Ortom of the food basket of the nation, Benue state government says it has constructed 740 primary schools while several others are undergoing renovation.
The food basket of the nation, Benue State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar disclosed the above in the state capital Makurdi in the early hours on Sunday.
“During our last round of supervision, we discovered that majority of the primary schools were completed while work was ongoing on a few others.
“Our emphasis is to lay a solid foundation of education both through policies and structures.”
“Gov Samuel Ortom’s first two years in office were primarily aimed at strengthening education policies and improving education infrastructures.
“In our first two years in office we were primarily focused on strengthening the educational sector through the new polices and physical infrastructures.
“The visitations panel on all the tertiary institutions is to enable government to ascertain the needs of such individual schools and provide solutions to them.
“The first result of the panel is the reasonable tranquillity witnessed in all the tertiary institutions in the state including Benue State University, which is currently on strike over unpaid allowances six years ago.”
It was further reviewed that the Benue state government, under the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom was strategically fathoming a way with the Federal Government under President Buhari toward converting the Benue State College of Education in Katsina Ala LGA to a Federal College of Education.
It was also disclosed that the state government graduated 152 Medical Doctors from the Benue State University, after consecutive 12 years of impediment with either through strike.
The Benue State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar urged stakeholders in the educational sector to continue to invest in empowering the youths.
That the state government will not tolerate mushroom schools in the state, that 1038 illegal secondary schools had been marked for closure at the end of the current academic session.