Benue EXCO Approves Provost, Registrar’s Sack
The Provost of the College of Education Katsina-Ala, Professor Mathias Nder and the College Registrar, Dominic Atongo, have been relieved of their appointments. The Benue State Executive Council took the decision after deliberating on the report and recommendations on administrative panel of inquiry into the crisis at the institution. The Council also received the report of a delegation set up to undertake advocacy visits to Northern leaders and other relevant stakeholders to educate them on the Anti-Open Grazing Law. The delegation visited Sultan of Sokoto, Emirs Gwandu, Katsina, and Daura, Sarki Zazzau, Etsu Nupe, Professor Ango Abdullahi, Alhaji Sani Zango Daura, as well as the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, in Abuja. Council was informed that the delegation was warmly received. The council further approved that the committee should also visit relevant stakeholders in the North East on a similar mission. The delegation was led by Alhaji Isa Usman, Special Adviser to the Governor on Research, Monitoring and Evaluation with Alhaji Yahaya Dangiwa Suleman, Chief Imam Gboko Central Mosque and Chairman Imami Forum, as well as Alhaji Ahmad Ibn Anyamikegh as members. The Council also interacted with the focal person of the Social Investment Program of the Federal Government in the State, Engr. Terhide Utaan, on the challenges in its implementation. The challenges highlighted include difficulty of food vendors in accessing funds, deductions and their distances to schools. The meeting pledged to tackle the challenges already identified in order to correct them in the new school calendar. Engr. Utaan disclosed that three other components of the program were also being executed in the State. The Council also approved the award of contract for the construction of the 36.5 kilometre Aliade – Mbakine – Obarike-Ito road at N2.4 billion subject to availability of funds in the budget. It deliberated on the whitepaper on the sale and lease of government assets and gave its approval to all the recommendations. Council considered several cases of encroachment on government lands especially in schools across the State and resolved to reclaim the lands.