SUBEB renovates 285 classrooms Plateau state

About two hundred and eighty five (285) classroom blocks in Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools across Plateau State have either being constructed or renovated by the Rt. Hon Simon Lalong led administration in Plateau State.
This revelation came to light when the Executive chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, PSUBEB, Prof. Mathew Sule led a government delegation comprising the speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi; representative of the Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Commission, (SUBEC) and focal person for Plateau State, Mrs. Mary Zakka; Commissioner for Secondary Education, Hon. Joseph Mairiga and; House Committee Chairman on Education, PLHA, Hon. Abdul Yanga on a tour of the state to commission and hand-over of the classroom blocks to the various host communities.
According to Prof. Sule government was mindful of the fact that both human and infrastructural components were crucial in the provision and delivery of quality education to the citizenry, hence the informed decision by government to construct and also renovate that number of classroom blocks across the length and breadth of the state.
Sule added that the feat was achieved due to the prompt payment of counterpart funds by the state government, in spite of the lean resources of the present administration.
He said the project which was under the fourth quarter of the 2016 UBEC/SUBEB calendar would go a long why in enhancing teaching and learning process in public primary and junior secondary schools across the state.
On the human capital development in the education sub-sector, especially at the basic level, the executive chairman maintained that the board had exposed teachers to the modern trends in teaching and learning processes though a robust training which he added was an ongoing process.
While charging the host communities to guard the projects jealously, the executive chairman warned that government would not accept any shoddy job or sub-standard work from any contractor, even as he issued on-the spot directives to some contractors to report back to site to correct some anomalies he noticed on some projects.
Also speaking during the commissioning, the executive secretary, UBEC, Hameed Boboyi. Though Mary Zakka commended the state government for the judicious application of the funds to execute the projects, stressing that the commission would not hesitate to collaborate with any state that had demonstrated its willingness to turn around the fortunes of basic education in the country.
On his part, speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi stated that the widespread projects were in fulfillment of the campaign promises of the government which prioritises the delivery of quality education particularly at the grassroots.
The speaker expressed the determination of the house on legislation that would continue to appropriate funds the needed to revamp the sub-sector, even as he promised to personally monitor the maintenance of the projects periodically.
All the Education Secretaries who spoke at their various local government areas expressed delight at the gesture, advising that more schools should be captured in the 2017 intervention.
Various community leaders at all the places visited called for the absorption of the adhoc teachers that were recently engaged by the state government, stressing that it would go a long way in complimenting government’s efforts in that direction.
Our correspondent reported that the contractors that handled the renovation work of some classroom blocks at Government Secondary School Te’egbe in Bassa LGA and Government Secondary School, Pankshin, Pankshin LGA were ordered to report back on site to complete work on the classrooms, as the government delegation refused to commission the projects.

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