<<< By Pila Daniel >>>
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State Mr Terver Akase says the decision of the Ortom administration to make education a priority is a move that has brightened the future of the state.
Mr Akase stated this at the opening ceremony and fund raising for Bridge Continuing Education Center, Makurdi.
He said with the receipt of N3.8 billion as counterpart funds from UBEC added to its own N3.8 billion, the Ortom administration is poised to commence massive construction and rehabilitation of over 700 primary schools in the 23 local government areas of the state.
The Chief Press Secretary stated that the Ortom administration has embarked on the training of thousands of primary and secondary school teachers, a move he said will improve the quality of teaching in the state.
Mr Akase advised parents to send their children and wards to school, maintaining that there was no barrier to education.
“There is no substitute for education and it is never too late to go to school. I therefore encourage you to please tell our people that they will make better business men and women, farmers etc if they are educated,” he stated.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Coordinator of the Continuing Education Centre, Mr Jirgba Donatus Lubem, said the school is a private post literacy centre established to bridge the gap between illiteracy and literacy.
Mr Jirgba attributed the successful establishment of the Centre to God and thanked those who had supported it to stand. He enumerated some of the challenges facing the centre to include, computers and accessories, sewing, items for making local soap, bags and generating sets, calling for the support of good spirited individuals and groups to enable the institution to progress.
Dignitaries were thrilled by students of the Continuing Education Centre who presented drama and cultural dances.