Benue govt applauds School for reducing poverty

By Faith Igbudu

Benue State Government has expressed satisfaction with the state of art education delivery at Harry Pas Polytechnic, Gboko, saying it is a model that has captured government’s vision in the effort to reduce poverty.

Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, stated this recently during a tour of the institution in Gboko. According to him, “in order to tackle the issue of unemployment, Governor Samuel Ortom has placed emphasis on technical education and with schools like this that need will be met shortly.”

The commissioner commended the management for their delivery in the area of education, as well as the proprietor of the school and Secretary to the Benue State Government (SSG), Prof. Tony Ijohor, SAN, for choosing to give back to the society.

“I want to commend the proprietor of the school, Prof. Tony Ijohor for choosing to site this school in this serene community. It is always a thing of joy when sons and daughters give back to the society. He had the right to site this school anywhere in this country but he chose this place as a way of giving back to his people,” he said.

The commissioner also assessed the school, based on its level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols and called on Benue students to take advantage of it.

Earlier, the Rector of the school, Dr Barnabas Achakpa, who received the commissioner and his entourage said the school was honoured to have the commissioner visit it and get first hand assessment of its facilities.

“Your visit is a validation of what we do here. We are thorough with our lectures, making them very practical. We had about 500 students at our first matriculation and more is expected.

Registrar of the institution, Chris Adegbe, conducted the commissioner and his team round the various equipped laboratories, explaining their functions.

The commissioner was accompanied by the Special Adviser to the governor on secondary and tertiary education, Matthew Mnyam, his counterpart in basic education, Sarwuan Tarnongu, the Executive Secretary, Teaching Service Board (TSB), Frank Ikyugun, among others.

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