<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday received an award of excellence presented to him by the Community of Tiv Students.
He also flagged off the commencement of facelift for primary schools that would involve 740 projects in the state.
Spokesmen of the students, Comrades Kertyo Solomon and Utume Msughter, current and former presidents, listed the positive effects of the amnesty on campuses, the revival and upgrading of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi, as well as full capacity accreditation of the College of Health Sciences at the Benue State University as reasons for the award.
According to them, the accreditation “has led to the graduation of first, second, and third sets of doctors.”
The justification for the award was also inscribed on the plaque which the CTS presented to the recipient of the award.
Governor Ortom flagged off the projects at the LGEA Primary School in Makurdi local government area.
Acting Executive Chairman of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, Reverend Samuel Ker, explained that the projects were being executed under the Universal Basic Education Board and the State intervention fund from 2012 to 2015.
“The state government promptly approved and consequently released the sum of N3.8 billion which facilitated the release of the Federal Government intervention fund of equal amount bringing together N7.6 billion covering the aforementioned years,” he stated.
The Governor warned contractors to execute the projects in accordance with the contract terms adding that any of them who diverted the funds would be handed over to anti-graft bodies.
He also received the National Union of Benue State Students, NUBESS, and presented a bus donated by the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Comrade Abba Yaro, to them.
Governor Ortom also laid the foundation of the Benue State University Alumni Association secretariat at the institution.