Ortom Plans Benpoly Takeover by Federal Government
Governor Samuel Ortom said his administration would constitute a committee to plan the takeover of Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo by the federal government. He made the announcement today during the 10th combined convocation ceremony of the institution spanning 2006 to 2016, held in Ugbokolo. The Governor also directed the Polytechnic to hold regular convocation ceremonies every year in order to avoid pilling up of graduands for many years. He restated his administration’s resolve to continue to improve the quality of education in the State, stressing that the closure of illegal schools was a step in that direction. According to the Governor, substandard education could steal the future of the Benue child, stressing that government grant-aided schools would also be returned to their owners to allow government focus on its secondary schools. Governor Ortom also directed the Education, Science and Technology Commissioner, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, to carry out an assessment of the failed Umabe River Water Works and report to him with the objective of fixing it to address water supply challenges in the Polytechnic and the entire Ugbokolo community. While congratulating his wife, Dr, Mrs. Eunice Ortom and other recipients who were given awards of fellow of the Polytechnic, Governor Ortom also commended the graduands for completing their studies and wished them well in their future endeavors. Earlier in separate remarks, Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Usman Kuti and Chairman Governing Council, Dr. Joseph Ngbea, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the attention given to the institution. Dr. Kuti listed challenges confronting the institution to include inadequate man power, the need for the accreditation of more courses and lack of portable drinking water and solicited government intervention.