Featured image: SUBEB EC, Comrade Joseph Utse
The Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, BSUBEB, has embarked on the demarcation of school land in all the Public Primary Schools in the state with a call on members of the Public to desist from encroaching on the premises of schools for safety of school children.
According to a statement signed by SUBEB’s Head of Information/Protocol, Mrs Erdoo Sar and made available to Sky News Correspondent in Makurdi,
Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Comrade Joseph Utse made the appeal Friday at the ceremony marking the commencement of school land demarcation exercise at LGEA Central Primary School Wannune, Tarka Local Government Area.
The SUBEB Chairman was said to have noted that the decision to mark up boundary limits of schools became necessary due to the incessant invasion of schools by some individuals who have annexed portions of the lands for their personal use.
The statement added that Comrade Utse disclosed at the event that SUBEB was working on modalities to carry out construction of perimeter fencing across Public Primary Schools in the next phase of School construction exercise. He commended the Chairman of Tarka Local Government Council, Mrs Juliana Suemo for signing and presenting certificate of occupancy to all primary schools in the Local Government.
While flagging off the demarcation exercise, Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education Dr. Saawuan Tarnongo challenged local Government Chairmen to show more concern in the activities of Basic Education in their areas noting that primary education was still the main responsibility of the local government councils as the state and federal governments were only intervening in the UBE programme.
Dr Tarnongo appealed to other Local Government Chairmen to emulate the efforts of their colleague in Tarka Local Government by ensuring that primary schools in their various local government areas are properly surveyed and issued with duly signed Certificates of Occupancy, C of Os.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Chairman of Tarka Local Government, Mrs Juliana Suemo Suswam said as a former primary school teacher, she was aware of the challenges of trespassing and illegal occupation of primary schools in both urban and rural areas and sued for support to overcome the challenges.
Mrs Suemo also promised not to relent in ensuring the safety of all primary schools in her domain and called on parents and teachers to show more interest in the well-being of their children to promote good health and personal hygiene.