Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Sunday ordered the State Board of Universal Basic Education to rebuild a primary school in Tse-Tseen, Saghev, which caught fire during herdsmen’s attacks on the community.
Several primary schools have been burnt down or abandoned following pastoral attacks on towns and communities in various parts of the state.
According to the statement released by his media aide Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom gave the directive in his remarks at the Thanksgiving Mass in honor of ‘Onov Mba Zenke Geraza’ led by Tor Lobi, HRH Moses Anageende, held at the Catholic Church. of Saint Theresa. Tse-Tseen, Saghev in the Guma Local Government Area.
The Governor entrusted the Executive Secretary of SUBEB, Joseph Utse, to work on the modalities for the reconstruction of all the blocks that were burned.
The primary school board was also ordered to build an additional block of classrooms at the school to serve the community.
He lamented that the school, which was built and fully equipped by his administration, was razed to the ground by Fulani terrorists, a development that had left children in the community without access to education.
Governor Ortom also reiterated his call on the people of the state to always be vigilant and respond quickly to invaders whose only agenda is not to graze but to take over their ancestral lands.
He called on those who registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission to make sure they collect their permanent voter cards so they can vote in the upcoming elections.
He stressed that the people of Benue would not vote for those who would continue to have people live as IDPs on their own land.
The governor further praised law enforcement agencies for their “hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism” in ensuring the safety of life and property.
To further strengthen state security, the governor announced that his administration would embark on the third training of an additional 1,000 members of the Volunteer Community Guard this month to boost their operations.
He said the state security team, whose role was to supplement conventional security agencies, requested traditional rulers to contact local government heads in their respective areas to nominate young men with proven integrity who would be trained in the next batch of volunteer guards.