24 February 2013

Nigeria: Benue's Three Technical Colleges Gulp N800 Million

Construction works on three technical schools in Benue State have reached almost 85 per cent completion, raising the hope that the landmark projects will soon be a success story. The state government has so far expended N800 million on the projects.

The government of Governor Gabriel Suswam had embarked on the multi-million naira projects as part of efforts to improve science and technology education in the state and use it to better the lot of the people of the state.

The colleges which are being built across the three senatorial districts of the state are located in Anyiin, Logo local government area, Garagboul in Buruku local government area and Otukpa, Okpokwu local government area.

The state commissioner for science and technology, Mr. Godwin Adah said the state government has so far spent over N800 million on the technical schools.

He said that, "No doubt the three colleges when they eventually take off, will offer admissions to indigent and non-indigent students at minimal rates, they would also serve as platforms of job and wealth creation."

The commissioner said science and technology remain the focus point of development by the Suswam administration and that such was targeted at creating wealth and job opportunities for the unemployed youths in the state.

He said, "the delay in the completion of the schools is not from the government but from contractors. Sometime in December, 2012, they were invited to the Benue State House of Assembly by the committee members of my ministry and they promised that by February they (contractors) would go back to site but nothing has so far happened positively. Like the school in Anyiin, we have assembly hall and we have paid the contractor almost 80 percent.

In Garagboul it is the same thing and in Otukpa, we have an issue where the foundation level was condemned by the officials of the state Urban Development Board."

Adah, however, expressed the hope that the contractors will speed up work on the projects and deliver them to the government soon.

He advised the contractors handling the projects to resume work immediately and ensure that the projects are completed in good time.

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