Benue Govt. Condemns Poor Learning Environment For Students

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on insecurityThe Benue State Government has described the academic environment where some primary and secondary school students take classes under trees as shameful.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in company of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Mr Philip Tachin, disclosed made the comment during an inspection of the 7.6 Billion naira SUBEB model schools in Guma and other parts of the state.

The inspection visit to the project sites became necessary, following allegations from some contractors that, seven billion Naira had been diverted from the total 7.6  billion naira project cost.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, has however, described the allegation of financial mismanagement as false.

Meanwhile, primary and junior secondary school students have had to gather under huge trees at the Gbajimba LGEA Model School to receive classes as most of their buildings became inhabitable due to years of neglect and herdsmen destruction.

As the reconstruction project continues, the state government officials expressed satisfaction with the pace of work as they eagerly await the return of the students to good learning environment.

The host community also commended the state government for rebuilding their school which was burnt down by herdsmen in 2014.

Benue Infrastructure: Govt. Threatens To Sue Officials Who Try To Siphon Funds

Benue state government, Samuel Ortom, The Benue State Government has threatened to prosecute officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and contractors handling the 7.6 billion Naira reconstruction of public schools.

The investigation is meant to reveal if funds meant for the reconstruction of the schools destroyed by herdsmen were diverted.

The Governor of the State,  Mr Samuel Ortom issued the threat in Makurdi, during the official flag off ceremony of the reconstruction project of over 700 schools, most of which were destroyed by herdsmen during the widespread attacks on communities and public institutions.

Mr Ortom urged the contractors to consider the future of the Benue child in the execution of the project, by avoiding sub-standard jobs.

He, promised to personally monitor work on the project sites to ensure compliance to best practices.

The school, LGEA Adem Lrimary School in Makurdi council areas along Naka road, received a face lift after it was burnt down by rampaging herdsmen in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Mr Philip Tachin, who was represented by a member of the board, gave details of the impact assessment of the destruction and source of funding for the projects.

Done with the flag off ceremony, all the contractors are mobilising to the various project sites to ensure work is completed within three months, as specified in the award details, to enable pupils return to class for conducive learning.

Scenes from the horrible destruction of public primary schools in Moon Council Ward of Kwande council area in 2013, like many other parts of the state, remain fresh in the heart of the people.

Today, herdsmen freely graze their cattle within the school premises while the inhabitants fled their ancestral homes due to the vicious herdsmen attacks.

Herdsmen-Farmers’ Crisis: 500,000 Children Out Of School In Benue

Schools-in-NigeriaThe Benue State government has released alarming statistics of over 500,000 drop in school enrolment since intense fighting broke out in 2012 between farmers and herdsmen in six local government areas of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Benue, Mr Philip Tachin, released the figure in Guma Local Government Area when Governor Samuel Ortom flagged-off the state public school enrolment campaign.

Governor Ortom while flagging off the enrolment campaign tagged, “Our Schools Shall Rise Again” urged Benue indigenes to be weary of the constant crisis and report any suspicious movement of persons in large numbers to forestall break down of law and other.

A match pass and presentation of learning materials to students were part of the activities to flag-off of the school enrolment programme.

Such activity has never been held in Guma, Agatu and other local governments which have come under attack from herdsmen in the last Four years.

Public schools and Primary health care centres were all destroyed by rampaging herdsmen along with residential houses with tales of horror and brutal murder, leaving school age children homeless and internally displaced.

The state government, through the State Universal Basic Education Board, is investing over 7.6 billion Naira into the education sector to encourage more enrolment, hence the need for this campaign.

In their speeches, representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governor, encouraged parents and local education authority to drive the campaign through rural community with the symbolic presentation of flags to council chairman for that purpose.

With the flag-off of the school enrolment campaign in Guma Local Government Area, which has the highest number of out of school children, stakeholders in the education sector will do well to support the campaign.

Benue Budgets N7bn For Basic Education Intervention

Benue Govt. Budgets N7bn To Revive Basic Education The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Benue State is setting aside a total sum of 7.6 billion naira as intervention fund for the reconstruction of dilapidated primary school structures.

The Board Chairman, Mr Philip Tachin, gave the hint in an interview with Channels Television in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, sequel to Governor Samuel Ortom’s approval of over 3 billion naira counterpart funding of UBEC projects in the state.

Mr Tachin, who vowed to rid the basic education sub-sector of systemic corruption, said that the board would apply the funds to the rebuilding of schools destroyed by Fulani herdsmen in the wake of clashes in 2014.

The Zonal Officer, SUBEB, Mr John Agbo, also noted that the board had convened a meeting with education managers and education secretaries from the 23 Local Government Areas to gather facts on the state of disrepair.

For eight months, primary school teachers in Benue State downed their tools to protest the near collapse of the basic education sector in the state.

Although, former Governor Suswam attempted some renovation works, there were indication that a lot needs to be done by the Ortom administration to upgrade the condition of the primary schools and improve the standard of learning of school children in Benue State.