Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr Cecilia Ojabo, to ensure that the renovation and provision of facilities at the state’s Schools of Nursing and Midwifery were completed early for accreditation to take place.
Ortom who gave the directive while inspecting ongoing projects at the institution today also directed that all finished jobs should be paid for because money for the entire project had been provided. He expressed satisfaction with the level of work done on the renovation and added that drainages should be provided within the premises to guarantee outflow of water when it rained.
The Governor also inspected the Mobile Barracks Junction-Welfare Quarters road where he said the contractor handling the project, Triacta Nigeria Limited, had done a lot of work even without being paid the initial mobilization fee. He explained that he invited the contractor and gave him the job when he saw the quality of jobs which the company executed in Lafia, Nasarawa state.
Governor Ortom said he was happier with the projects he inspected today than the ones he inspected yesterday, insisting that if the Mobile Junction-Welfare Quarters road project impressed him, he was more impressed with that of Welfare Quarters-Achusa. He said he embarked on the completion of the Achusa road initiated by his predecessor as a priority because the media village located in the area occupied a central place in the project and assured that in less than four weeks, the project would be completed.
The Governor also inpected the renovation of structures at the state-owned newspaper, The Voice, where he said the contractor had already mobilized to site. After inspecting the digital printing machines at the organization’s ware house, he said he was anxious to see their installation so that the paper could regain its lost glory.
He also visited the Teaching Service Board, TSB, , and inspected two blocks of offices which the Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. James Pine said he executed by direct labor at the cost of N11 million. Mr Pine said the money used for the work was generated internally and expressed regret that the structures had not been renovated since they were provided many years ago. Governor Ortom commended him and urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies to emulate the Executive Secretary.
Governor Ortom also visited the site of the Skills Acquisition Center being constructed with funds from the Sustainable Development Goals, and the premises of the Primary Health Care Board.