Ortom says education will get top priority in Benue


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom JP, has said that the education sector is very key to the state which would be given a top priority.

The governor who said this while inspecting the ongoing renovation of Government Girls Model Secondary School and Special School for Exceptional Children, both in Aliade, Gwer East Local Government Area pointed out that at the basic education level, N6.6 billion had already been accessed and would be channelled to renovation of primary schools and provision of instructional materials.

Ortom noted that special schools in the state would also be given the desired attention, disclosing that the sixty-four government owned secondary schools which had not been renovated for about thirty-four years would be given facelift.

The governor stated that measures had been put in place by his administration to reduce the wage bill of the state by plugging leakages and dealing with the issue of salary padding to give room for employment of more youths.

He further stated that the new strategy of his administration is to use the internally generated revenue for the execution of projects so that people of the state would see greater results for the taxes they pay.

The governor who expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of ongoing renovation added that he had been assured by the contractors that they would meet the deadline of 10th September given to them to complete the work. He stressed that based on the job done so far, he was optimistic that the target would be met.