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SUBEB executes 581 projects in 17 LGAs, Plateau – Chairman

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The Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says it is currently executing 581 different projects in public primary schools across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Prof. Mathew Sule, the Executive Chairman of the board disclosed this on Thursday in Shendam.

Sule was in Shendam to inaugurate the Social Mobilisation Intervention Campaign to communities benefitting from projects executed by the board.

According to the chairman, the projects are possible due to the N4 billion released by Gov. Simon Lalong as counterpart funds for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Sule explained that the projects being executed included construction and renovation of classrooms, examination halls, fencing and vntilated pit latrines.

The chairman said that some of the projects were ongoing, majority were completed, while others would soon be completed.

“Contracts for these projects have already been awarded and by the time they will be completed, we shall have 655 new classrooms constructed, 717 renovated and 17 schools will be fenced.

“84 toilets, 91 examination halls will be constructed and 55,984 plastic furniture will be provided,” he said.

On the social mobilisation intervention, Sule said it was aimed at sensitising communities where SUBEB projects were located on the need to sustain and take ownership upon completion.

“We are here specifically to sensitise our people, particularly our community leaders to ensuring that projects are done within specification

“This is in pursuance of our determination to ensure that quality projects are executed.

“These projects belong to the communities, and so people must be involved in the execution process,” he said.

Sule commended Gov. Lalong for giving special attention to the education sector, and he thanked Oando Foundation, United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations for supporting the board.

Speaking at the event, Miskom Sheldas, the Long Gomai of Shendam, assured SUBEB of the support and co-operation of the traditional institutions in ensuring the projects were sustained.

“Primary education is key, and if government is investing its resources in providing infrastructure in these schools, it behoves on us the communities to protect them.

“If you go round the state, you will see the signature of SUBEB everywhere and we can only appreciate these projects, if we are able to maintain them,” he said.

In a brief speech, Mr. Alex Naantuam, the Chairman of Shendam LGA, said the council would complement the state government’s effort by ensuring teachers were well trained.

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