Ortom strengthens basic education, electrifies rural communites, commissions Ahmadu Bello way, boosts agribusiness as Ayu condemns marginalization by FG
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, recently reiterated the resolve of his administration to make basic education strongest in order to ensure a formidable educational foundation for the Benue child.
Governor Ortom said this while flagging off the distribution of 10,000 desks and chairs procured by the state government for primary schools across the state, being the third since the administration of the Governor in 2015.
The governor noted that contracts had been advertised for construction and renovation of more schools and provision of instructional materials and other infrastructure to ensure conducive teaching and learning environment for the Benue child.
Speaking at the event Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial District, Orker Jev commended Governor Ortom’s investment in education, saying it is capable of laying a solid foundation for the Benue child.
He stated that due to the huge investments in education and Information and Communication Technology in particular, Benue has been ranked third in the country among states to access funds for ICT development.
The Federal Lawmaker said as a member of the ICT Committee in the senate, he would liaise with relevant authorities in the state and at the National level to ensure timely release of the funds.
In his own speech, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB, Comrade Joseph Utse, said the board under his leadership would continue to ensure full implementation of the laudable policies and programmes of the Governor for basic education.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom had inaugurated LGEA Primary School Uchi-Mbakor in Tarka Local Government Area of Benue State.
The inauguration was a symbolic inauguration representing all similar projects executed by the Governor in Tarka and other local government areas of Benue North West Senatorial District.
The Governor during the inauguration said the primary school project in Uchi is one of the 1200 of such projects his administration had carried out across the state.
In a related development, Governor Samuel Ortom also in Tarka, commissioned the Wannune – Soo-Iyon rural electricity project where he urged the community to protect the facility.
Senator Orker Jev who cut tape for the inauguration on behalf of the Governor said the long time cry by the community for light had been answered.
The electrification project represents numerous completed and ongoing similar projects in Tarka and other places in this part of the state.
Also, the governor commissioned the Ahmadu Bello Way in Gboko which had hitherto cut off some residents from other parts of the town particularly at Danladi Bridge where erosion had also displaced many.
The Governor had also inspected work on the Gyado Junction – Gyado White House and Shaahu Roads which are almost completed.
During the commissioning, residents of the area applauded the Governor for giving life to the road, saying business activities had also resumed in the area thereby boosting economic potentials of Gboko people.
Also, Governor Samuel Ortom accompanied by the former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu inspected ongoing work on the Tor Tiv Palace in Gboko as well as the Soya Beans and Maize Processing Plant Wannune in Tarka Local Government Area of the State.
According to the governor duei g the inspection, the Wannune project represents similar other projects done by this administration to boost Agrobusiness in the state.
Earlier in his speech at the commissioning of the reconstructed Ahmadu Bello Way in Gboko, Former president of the Senate Dr Iorchia Ayu,described as surprising the level Benue is being neglected by the federal government insisting that Benue was also part and parcel of the federation and therefore deserved better treatment.
Dr Ayu wondered why the federal government would deliberately refused to turn her attention to Benue but would rather prioritize the construction of a railway to Niger Republic republic saying it was unacceptable.
The former University don maintained that those using the roads were not only Benue indegenes as some of the roads linked other states with the federal capital territory making it even more necessary to be looked into.
“The federal government has neglected Benue completely and I wonder while they will abandon all the federal roads here to decay but choose to construct a rail line to Niger Republic” Dr Ayu wondered
“What we are asking for is our right not a privilege because we are also a federating unit in the country Nigeria and we pay our taxes too. we went to Naka two days ago and the road was practically impassable”
He called on the Buhari led administration to as a matter of urgency mobilize contractors to start work immediately even as decried the low pace of work currently on the Yandev-Makurdi stretch saying even if given 10 years the contractor will not complete 10 kilometers of the road.
The former Senate President commended Governor Ortom for what he described as a giant stride in the area of infrastructure and provision of dividends of democracy to Benue people
Other speakers at the event including three times member of the National Assembly, High Chief Terngu Tsegba, His Royal Highness Chief Gabriel Shosum, Ter Gboko and Rt Honourable Ngôhemba Agaigbe member representing Gboko east in the state Assembly all poured encomium on the governor for turning his attention to Gboko describing the action as commendable.
Recall that the Governor, had embarked on commissioning of projects executed by his administration since its inception with commissioning of LGEA primary school Uchi, Mbakor, electricity extension to Soo-Iyon and other villages, Extension of electricity to Princess Adeja international college and Akaajime community and the Ahmadu Bello way all in Gboko and inspection of several other projects nearing completion including the magnificent Tor Tiv’s Palace yesterday