Benue Government Confirms Receipt Of N1.6bn UBEC Counterpart Contribution

Benue Government Confirms Receipt Of N1.6bn UBEC Counterpart Contribution
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By Henry Ibya Makurdi

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, has confirmed receipt of 1.6 billion Naira, released to the state as counterpart contribution by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), which will be used for the purpose of upgrading facilities at the primary school level.

The governor who made the confirmation Tuesday, during an interview with journalists after inspecting on going projects of some Government structures within Makurdi metropolis, announced that his administration has already provided N1.6 billion matching grant bringing the total to N3.2 billion for the purpose.

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He further disclosed that desk and instructional materials to enhance teaching and learning will be provided by his administration to all public primary schools within Makurdi metropolis and others but lamented the poor quality job done by the contractor handling works at the Arabic and Holy Ghosts Primary Schools all in Makurdi, and directed the Benue SUBEB chairman, Joseph Utsev, to liase with the contractors to improve quality of work or be ready to face sanction.

The governor also inspected the 9.4km Terwase Agbadu – Apir road completed and awaiting inauguration, the stepped down electricity on the road as well as the diversion to Mbakya, the country home of the late Ter Makurdi, Tor Sule Abenga, all expressing satisfaction with the quality of work.

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Governor Ortom concluded inspection at the new Government House complex, office of the state Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, located along old GRA Makurdi, where he noted work on the projects reaching advanced stage and charged contractors to hasten the work to meet the time while at Benue Television complex and Benue Geographic System and the new Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) headquarters Makurdi, the announced that the edifice when completed be named after the first civilian Governor of Benue State late Mr. Apollos Aper Aku. 

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