By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
As part of its continued efforts to assist in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of victims of communal clashes and the Boko Haram, the Victims Support Fund (VSF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taraba State to construct a mega secondary school in Taraba state.
The mega school, which is expected to cost N1.2 billion will replace the damaged Government Secondary School, Takum in Taraba State and will be constructed by Development Africa
According to the Executive Director, VSF, Dr. Sunday Ochoche, while signing the MoU over the weekend in Abuja, “We are here to sign the MoU between the Victims Support Fund, the Taraba State government and Development Africa after which work would begin immediately at the school.
“In the light of scaling up our projects, we are taking up what will be the biggest project for Victims Support Fund and that is the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School Takum, Taraba State.”
Ochoche noted that the school was chosen because it is such a strategic school that has served the educational need of not just Taraba but a number of the environment including Benue and even children from across the international boundary of Cameroon.
In his words, “The project was also in line with VSF’s priority of revamping the education sector in the region and its philosophy rebuilding better structures and amenities than the ones destroyed.
“It was a school so significant for the social development of the Local Government and the region that was destroyed during one of the crisis in Taraba State.“It has been quite some struggle on the part of the State government to try to give some monicum of recovery to the place to enable children reuse those facilities again.
“The efforts have reached a point that they required significant input from elsewhere and we from Victims support fund have been approached by the Taraba State government to assist with it.”
Meanwhile, representative of Development Africa, Joshua Kempeneer assured that his company will deliver the project within the six months timeline if given all necessary support.