From Austine Tule, Makurdi
The Executive Chairman of Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Joseph Utse, has assured that the board will continue to uplift the standard of education in primary schools across the state.
Utse gave the assurance on Thursday while inspecting work at RCM Primary School, Agbaikyor and St Catherine’s Primary School, Makurdi.
He said that ensuring an improved standard of education in primary schools across the state was not negotiable no matter the circumstances.
His words: “It is the earnest desire of Governor Samuel Ortom to give the Benue child quality education to enable him or her to be a comprehensive being.
“I commend the governor for always paying the UBEC counterpart fund timely.
“With his continuous and unrelenting support, primary education in the state will soon be a shining star to other states.”
Also speaking, the Deputy Director, Social Mobilization of the Board, Mr Wilfred Gbatsorun, pointed out that the two schools were the Special Cases of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) intervention in the state.
Gbatsorun said that Benue was allocated two slots because of the outstanding performance of Ortom, emphasizing that usually it was only one slot per state.
Gbatsorun, who is also the Desk Officer, School Based Management Committee (SBMC) said that St Catherine’s Primary school, Makurdi was renovated by Ortom in conjunction with UBEC.
“Though UBEC is yet to pay its counterpart funding, the governor had gone ahead to complete the renovation of the school which amounted to N7 million.
“The RCM Primary School, Agbaikyor was renovated by the Agbaikyor community and UBEC. However, it is yet to be completed but it will be completed soon,” he said.