The Benue State Executive Council today approved the award of contracts for the construction, renovation and furnishing of 64 government-owned post-primary schools across the state.
The project is to cost the government N999,087,656.28 as provided for in the 2015 Supplementary Budget of the State.
The approval was given at its weekly meeting held at the Benue Peoples House presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom.
Council stated that its decision was based on the fact that most of the schools are dilapidated and have not been renovated since their establishment many years ago while existing infrastructure in the schools is inadequate thereby affecting the quality of learning, hence the need for the facelift.
According to the approval, the exercise is to be completed before the commencement of the 2016/2017 academic session in September this year.
The council approved the construction of hostel block at the School of Midwifery, Makurdi to meet accreditation requirements for the institution.
It will be recalled that the School of Midwifery, Makurdi has been denied accreditation since 2012 and embargo placed on admission of new students on account of poor standard of facilities in the institution.
The project is to cost the government N66 million.
Similarly, the meeting also approved the construction of an additional classroom block and renovation of an existing hall at the School of Midwifery, Makurdi as part of ongoing efforts to reposition the institution for reaccreditation.
The project is to cost the government N53 million.
The Council approved the construction of a perimeter fence and gate house at the School of Health Technology, Agasha to avoid encroachment on the school’s land.
The project is to cost the government N398.55 million.
All the approvals have been provided for in the 2015 Supplementary Budget.
Council also directed that Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, should be used to offset various welfare deductions from civil servants for the month of December last year.
Chief Ode Ageh,
Ministry of Information and Orientation.