Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, last Monday visited the scene of the fire incidence at one of the female hostels at the Benue State University where he also made cash donations to efforts to provide relief to those affected and also renovate the affected building.
He sympathized with authorities of the institution over the incidence and recent robbery attacks all of which he described as unfortunate and urged management, staff and students to take measures to forestall future occurrence.
Chief Dr Ortom maintained that the University was a viable industry that was making far reaching contributions to the development of the state adding that it has positively touched the lives of thousands of families in the state and beyond including his as he and three of his children were alumni of the institution.
The Minister stressed that if it had not engaged the thousands of its youth population with academic programs most would have been left to roam the streets with unimaginable consequences and enjoined public spirited individuals and organizations to support the university to deliver on its mandate.
Receiving him the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charity Angya, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Nicholas Ada, expressed appreciation for the gesture.
He disclosed that a committee had been set up to probe the incidence.
Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Armstrong Adejo expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost pointing that the fire which started when most of the over 100 occupants were attending class would have been worse if it had occurred in the night.
The Dean commended students for rallying round those affected and helping in evacuation and fire control efforts adding that those affected had been given temporary shelter on campus.
President of the Students Union Government, Mr Bobby Bem Tavershima, also thanked Chief Dr Ortom for the visit but said what the students needed was an ultramodern hostel and not a renovated one.