By Faith Igbudu
Executive Chairman, Benue state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Comrade Joseph Utse has promised to take appropriate action, in order to beef up security in basic primary schools in the state.
He made this known when he led management staff of the Board on a tour to some basic primary schools within Makurdi metropolis, were cultists and hoodlums have been alleged to have taken over, vandalised and carted away valuable school items.
He expressed shock at the level of damage caused, saying millions of naira was lost to the incident.
Comrade Utse said the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Police Command, CP Mohammad Mukadas will be immediately informed about the new criminal trend and would also report to the Governor Samuel Ortom, who is the chief security officer of the state.
The executive chairman also disclosed his intention to constitute a security team that will include other outfits like the Benue State Livestock Guards, in order to strengthen synergy with the school’s security to combat crime.
He said that the board would not fold its hands and allow disgruntled elements take away educational assets in the schools, saying the board will stand by Governor Ortom in supporting the education of the Benue child.
Some schools affected were St Mary’s Primary School, North-Bank, RCM Primary School, Tionsha and St Catherine’s Primary School, Railway all in Makurdi.