Benue State government has disclosed that, out of the 740 school projects embarked upon by the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to give public schools new look and make education attractive to pupils, across the state, 432 have been completed while 229 were still under construction and rehabilitation.
Board chairman, Rev. Philip Tachin who made the disclosure during the inspection of ongoing primary school projects constructed under the Benue State government in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission, (UBEC) intervention fund at the weekend by management team also disclosed that so far the state has accessed N7.6 billion.
According to him, more primary schools have been slated for rehabilitation before the end of governor Samuel Ortom’s first tenure.
Rev Tachin, commended governor Samuel Ortom for the payment of counterpart fund which enable the board to access N7.6 billion from the intervention fund for the face lift of primary schools across the state, also disclosed that 79 of the school projects have been terminated
He explained that the board has also procured thousands of modern plastic seats, tables, computers and other learning aids using the counterpart funds.
Rev. Tachin, lamented the trauma the education sector in the state has gone through, following the renewed herdsmen attacks on the state where more than 50 public primary school structures have been destroyed in the affected areas in 2018 with over 20,000 children forced out of school.
“This herdsmen attacks has destroy over 50 public primary schools and over 20, 000 children in the affected areas are already out of school, while as of the last count, 16, 000 children were taking refuge in various internally displaced person’s camps across the state.”
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