Benue State now ranks first among other states in the payment of marching grants for execution of projects in primary schools.
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Alhaji Suleiman Dikko, stated this during a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his Deputy, Benson Abounu, in Makurdi.
The executive secretary commended Governor Ortom for his proactive steps in ensuring the payment of marching grants and intervention in the outstanding issues between striking primary school teachers and government despite its financial challenge. He described the governor’s efforts as encouraging.
He said with the determination and pace at which the Ortom administration is addressing issues affecting education and other sectors, the future of the state is bright.
Alhaji Dikko, who said he was in the state as a representative of the federal government in basic education development, expressed the concern of President Muhammadu Buhari over the falling standard of education in the country, particularly at the primary level and charged all stakeholders to be committed to the implementation of government’s education programmes to achieve the desired results.
He said basic education development programme focuses on girl-child education, out-of-school-children and Almajiris to give them western education alongside vocational training, explaining that the aim is to make the target groups relevant to themselves and the society rather than becoming a menace.
Responding, Ortom affirmed that the state government had recently taken a number of measures such as payment of marching grant amounting to N7.6 billion and acknowledged the sagacity of the executive secretary in the management of UBEC.
While assuring Dikko of support from the state government, he agreed that reading culture is disappearing and that this is why his administration keyed into the e-library project of UBEC by establishing one at the Benue State University among other institutions.

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