Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says his administration will continue to place education on its priority list as the biggest investment the state can make for the future.
Governor Ortom stated this at the Aminu Isah Kontagora Theatre Complex, Makurdi while declaring open the sixth quadrennial state wing conference of delegates of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT.
He assured teachers in the state of government’s commitment to catering for their welfare and called for their cooperation to take the education sector to another level, saying that the era of unnecessary deductions from their salaries was over.
The Governor said the recent advertisement in national dailies calling for tenders for the construction and rehabilitation of over 700 schools across the state was a demonstration of his administration’s resolve to be transparent and accountable to the people.
“Education is the bedrock of every society. When we came in, we saw that a sector as important as education was not receiving the deserved attention. Teachers had gone on strike for many months and we said, no, this had to stop. We therefore resolved to make education in general and the welfare of our teachers in particular a priority. I assure you that this administration will not disappoint you”, he stated.
Earlier, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, re-echoed the determination of the Ortom administration to transforming the sector in line with its blueprint. He urged the Nigerian Union of Teachers to assist government in its drive to effect positive changes in education by encouraging their members to show greater professionalism in their duties.
The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Philip Tachin and the State Chairman of NUT, Comrade Godwin Anya commended the bold steps of Governor Ortom in pushing forward the education industry since coming on board which include campaign on pupils’ enrolment in public primary school and the planned construction and rehabilitation of schools in the 23 local government areas of the state