The Benue State Government has disclosed its plans to handover the Benue State Polytechnic in Ugbokolo in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state to the Federal Government.
Governor Samuel Ortom who made the disclosure at the weekend during the 10th combined convocation ceremony of the institution spanning between 2006 and 2016, said his administration would constitute a committee that will work out the modalities.
Ortom on that note has directed the management of the polytechnic to hold regular convocation ceremonies every year so as to avoid pilling up graduands for many years. He said his administration would continue to improve the quality of education in the state, adding that the recent closure of over 2000 illegal schools in different locations of the state was a step in that direction.
The governor noted that substandard education could steal the future of the Benue child and that was why plans are being made for government grant-aided schools to be returned to their owners to allow government focus on its own secondary schools.
Ortom therefore directed the Education, Science and Technology Commissioner, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, to carry out an assessment of the failed Umabe River Water Works and report to him with the objective of fixing it to address water supply challenges in the polytechnic and the entire Ugbokolo community.