Monday, 28 September 2015

Benue Budgets N6.4bn for Primary Schools’ Infrastructure

Benue State government would commit N6.4 billion to provide and improve dilapidated infrastructure in primary schools across the state before the end of the year.

Governor Samuel Ortom made this known while playing host to officials of Benue State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, in Makurdi, weekend.

He said: “The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has provided a grant of N3.2 billion for that purpose, while I have already included the same amount as counterpart fund in the N5.6 billion approved by the state Assembly for payment of counterpart funds across board.”

“I want to assure you, teachers that the amount would be committed to the provision of infrastructure in primary schools across the state and I will personally ensure that it is done to the latter.

“I will also personally ensure that all monies meant for provision of working tool and welfare of teachers would be judiciously applied to ensure the development of the sector because we all know that primary education is the most important level in knowledge acquisition because it provides the basis for future development.”

Earlier, leader of delegation and state NUT chairman, Comrade Godwin Anya, commended Governor Ortom for commencing the implementation of minimum wage for teachers in the state.

He listed delay in the payment of salaries, lack of promotions, non-payment of leave title grant, retirement and death benefits as well as poor working environment in schools as some of the challenges confronting teachers in the state.

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