Featured Image: A hole created through the fence at Saint Mary’s Primary School North-Bank Makurdi by suspected hoodlums for access into the school
Executive Chairman, Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, Comrade Joseph Utse has said that hoodlums and Cultists have continued to vandalize and carry out illegal activities at some Primary schools in the State despite his warning last week.
Comrade Utse made this known today when he led Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr. Sarwuan Tarnongo, Adviser to the Governor on Security, Colonel Paul Hemba and Board Members on a follow up tour to Saint Catherine’s Primary school and Saint Mary’s Primary School both in Makurdi.
The Executive Chairman said the Board is going to set up a taskforce Committee in no distant time which will go round Benue schools and educate parents and teachers on the ways they are putting in place to protect Government facilities.
He directed that those illegally operating businesses around School premises to vacate immediately or face the wrath of the law saying he was already liaising with the office of the Security Adviser to secure lives and prosperity in all basic Schools in the State. He also said that the perforated fence and other illegal openings at Saint Mary’s Primary school North-Bank Makurdi be blocked immediately.
Comrade Utse solicited that Government should deploy security to schools even if on temporary basis to help the Board salvage her schools from hoodlums and Vandals.
Responding, Adviser to the Governor on Security Colonel Paul Hemba represented by Korihom Dom said that he was happy that the SUBEB Management has called him to see what was happening in the schools and said the matter would be handled administratively assuring that the needful will be done.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr Sarwuan Tarnongo who lamented the damage caused by the hoodlums called on the Adviser on Security to deploy security personnel to the affected schools to ensure teachers and students no longer live in fear.
Commenting, Permanent member 3 at the Board, Mr James Ahua said the security challenges were not limited to the schools mentioned. He lamented that people take Government property as nobody’s asset and called for an attitudinal change, urging the Security Adviser to intervene.