Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has terminated a total of 79 primary schools projects supposed to be under construction and rehabilitation.
Daily Trust reports that the present administration of Governor Samuel Ortom on assumption of office in 2015 paid N3.8 billion as counterpart funding to match the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) intervention fund of N3.8 billion.
The state thereafter accessed the total of N7.6 billion for the facelift of primary schools with which the board embarked on 740 projects to give the public schools new lease of life.
But the Chairman of SUBEB, Rev. Philip Tachin, however disclosed at the weekend after he led members of the board’s management team on inspection of completed and ongoing primary school projects constructed by the Benue State government and the UBEC intervention fund, that some of the projects were terminated.
Tachin said that 426 projects have been completed while 229 were still under construction and rehabilitation.
He added that, "79 of the projects have been terminated."
The board chairman who did not give insight into the remaining six projects also intimated that SUBEB procured thousands of modern plastic seats, tables, computers and other learning aids using the counterpart funds.
Tachin also informed that more than 50 public primary school structures were destroyed this year alone during gunmen attacks on rural communities in the state, leaving more than 20,000 children forced out of school while over 16, 000 of these pupils are now housed in various internally displaced person’s camps across the state.
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