<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday urged teachers in the state to join the fight against corruption by opposing the establishment of miracle centers and illegal schools.
He made the appeal at Peace House in Gboko while declaring open a seminar for secondary school teachers in the state.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in collaboration with Peace House.
“Those who operate or encourage miracle centers and illegal schools are engaged in intellectual corruption; and you know that our administration is against corruption of all forms,” he stated.
Governor Ortom reiterated his stand against corruption stating that any of them found to be involved in corrupt practices would be sanctioned even as he vowed to recover looted funds from those indicted by the Kpojime commission and challenged those accusing him of embezzlement at any point of his public career to bring the proof.
“Our objective in enhancing our teachers’ capacity to deliver on set targets is borne out of the understanding that teaching must not only be informing and explaining but must also be stimulating, guiding, and mentoring,” he stated.
“These would enable beneficiaries to be able to handle problems of the immediate and wider society. This realization makes it imperative for teachers to remain constantly updated especially with new trends emerging on the wave of the wind of globalization blowing across the world.”
According to the Governor, the seminar was part of activities lined up to rejuvenate the education sector in the state.
“Others include efforts to pay counterpart funding and access a total of N7.6 billion for primary schools, while budgetary provision has been made for retraining of teachers,” he said.
“The current program includes training of 6000 secondary school teachers, and 10,000 primary school teachers. We will renovate and furnish at least 400 primary schools across the state and build new classrooms.”