The Chairman of Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Philip Tachin has expressed the determination of Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration to tackle the challenges in the primary education sub-sector, such as lack of adequate qualified teachers and the dearth of basic infrastructure.
Tachin gave the assurance while addressing journalists at the end of inspection of some ongoing primary school projects in Guma and Gwer East Local Government Areas of the state.
He, however, noted that the facelift of primary schools through renovation and construction of new classrooms was a practical expression of the determination of the governor to tackle the challenges so as to create a conducive learning environment for primary education.
The SUBEB boss expressed satisfaction with the quality and level of work carried out by some contractors handling the school projects, and encouraged those whose projects were far below specifications to expedite action to complete them, especially now that raining season has begun in order to ensure that the pupils no longer receive lessons under trees and leaking roofs.
He also directed the contractors to ensure that projects not done properly should be amended, even while some of the contractors, including Mr. Fineday Samson of Mexim Royal Resources handling the renovation of a twin block of classrooms at RCM Primary School, Howe, complained that the 15 per cent mobilisation fees given to him was too meagre and was responsible for the slow pace of work.
Despite, the SUBEB chairman said he would not take any excuse from any of the contractors for failing to execute their project or not meeting the deadline and specification.
“I cannot buy into excuses being given by some contractors. They are not being sincere and I want to emphasise that we will not accept any excuse for failing to execute the projects. I am here to ensure that the right thing is done,” said Tachin.
In his remarks, Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Adingi described as encouraging the level of work so far done by the various contractors and urged those yet to complete their projects to brace up to avoid having such contracts terminated.
Adingi, who frowned at the attitude of some parents in the rural areas, who compel their children to go to the farm every Fridays owing to the directive by the governor that civil servants should use the day to go to their farms and cultivate crops to better their lives.