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Benue SUBEB takes delivery of Model Smart School

By Faith Igbudu

Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), has taken delivery of one of the completed FGN/UBEC Model Smart School, located along Naka Road (Adaka) Makurdi.

According to the Information Officer, Erdoo Sar, the board took delivery of the school when Design & Planning Consultants (DPC) formally handed over the school to them in company of technical officers from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) at the school premises.

During the take over, Executive Secretary, SUBEB, Comr. Joseph Utse commended the contractor, Kingston Pet Ventures Ltd for maintaining quality in its work till completion.

The ES, who was taken round the school with board members to access the completed work also commended the federal government and UBEC for the idea of citing such a project in Benue state for the purpose of uplifting basic education.

He added that with Governor Samuel Ortom’s keen interest in education, especially basic education, a lot of efforts have been made towards its development in the state.

Utse enumerated the governor’s relentless efforts to uplift basic schools, saying he has provided them with chairs, tables, books and Hilux vans for staff of the board to monitor projects in remote areas.

He assured the UBEC team that on the day of official commissioning/handover of the school, Governor Ortom been a lover of basic education will be present to witness it.

Earlier, Arc Al-Amin Abdulhamid of DPC said they were engaged by UBEC to supervise the construction of all model schools across North Central Nigeria and this one is just one of them.

He explained that they started the first phase of supervision around December, 2019 but the outbreak of COVID-19 brought so many setbacks after which they were faced with challenges in rise of prices of materials.

Abdulhamid advised the board that as the school has been handed over to her, management should provide adequate security for the school, noting that security is the major challenge they encountered while working on the project.

Speaking on behalf of youths of the community, Mr Yaro Aondongu lauded the contractor for his cooperation while working on the project. He, on behalf of the community pledged commitment to the safety of the school and requested that the SUBEB management incorporate them into the activities of the school.

Universal Basic Education Commission Smart School Programme is driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the lockdown of the country and closure of schools for nearly one year.

The “Smart Schools” were designed in categories to boost the use of ICT for teaching and learning.

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