Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Benue govt upgrades 426 Schools, 229 others ongoing

The chairman of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Rev. Philip Tachin, has disclosed that state government has embarked on construction and rehabilitation of 426 schools in the state.

According to him, 229 more primary schools have been slated for rehabilitation before the end of Governor Samuel Ortom's first tenure.

He made the disclosure after he and members of the board's management team inspected completed and ongoing primary school projects constructed under the Benue State Government and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, intervention fund at the weekend.

The schools inspected included the Local Government Education Authority, LGEA, primary schools in Gbajimba and Mbabegha in Guma local government area as well as St. Theresa's Primary School in Makurdi.

Reverend Tachin disclosed that 426 projects have been completed while 229 were still under construction and rehabilitation adding that 79 of the projects have been terminated.

He said the board also procured thousands of modern plastic seats, tables, computers and other learning aids using the counterpart funds.

According to him, more than 50 public primary school structures have been destroyed during renewed herdsmen's attacks in the affected areas in 2018 with more than 20,000 children forced out of school.

Tachin stated that more than 16, 000 of the children were taking refuge in various internally displaced person's camps in the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Ortom on assumption of office paid N3.8 billion as counterpart funding to match UBEC's N3.8 billion and accessed the total of N7.6 billion for the facelift of primary schools.

The board embarked on 740 projects to give the schools a new lease of life.

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