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Benue: Ortom directs the rebuilding of an elementary school destroyed by the Shepherds

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has ordered the State Board for Universal Basic Education, SUBEB to rebuild an elementary school in Tse Tsen, Sagiev burned down during herdsmen’s attacks on the community.

Several primary schools have been burned down or abandoned following attacks by herders on villages and communities across the state.

Governor Ortom issued the directive on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in his remarks at the Thanksgiving Mass in honor of “Onof Mba Zinki Geraza” led by Tor Lobi, His Royal Highness, Moses Anagende held at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Tse-Tsene, Sagiv in the Local Government Area of Friday.

The Governor authorized SUBEB’s Executive Secretary, Josef Otsi, to work out modalities for rebuilding all blocks that had been burned.

The Primary School Board will also build an additional block of classrooms in the school to serve the community.

He lamented that the school, which had been fully constructed and equipped by his administration, had been destroyed by Fulani terrorists, a development which left the children of the community deprived of an education.

Governor Ortum also reiterated his call on the people of the state to be vigilant and swift in responding to the invaders whose sole aim is not to graze but to take over their ancestral lands.

He called on those registered with the Independent National Elections Commission to ensure that they obtain permanent PVC voter cards to enable them to vote in the upcoming elections.

He stressed that the people of Benue will not vote for those who will continue to make people live as internally displaced persons, internally displaced persons in their lands.

The ruler further commended the security services for their “hard work, dedication, flexibility and patriotism” to ensure the security of lives and property.

To further enhance the state’s security, the governor announced that his administration will initiate the third training of an additional 1,000 community volunteer guards in January of this year to bolster their operations.

He emphasized that the state security apparatus, whose role is to complement the traditional security apparatus, asked the traditional rulers to contact the heads of local governments in their regions to nominate young men of integrity who will be trained in the next batch of volunteer guards.

While congratulating Tor Lobi on the occasion, Governor Ortom noted that the Saghev community had produced great people who added value to the development of the state and expressed his happiness that the social and economic life was gradually reviving in the community after the vile attacks by herdsmen.

In his remarks, Tor Lupe, HRH, President of Anageende, said that the Thanksgiving Mass was to appreciate God for his many blessings and to raise funds to build a proper Catholic church in the community where he began his faith.

He praised the governor’s tireless efforts in developing the state, especially his security interventions in order for peace to prevail.

The parish priest of St. Gabriel Tsavnom Sagiv, Nungov, Rev. Richard Iagigba, in his sermon called on Christians to show their faith in good works in the community so that the world can see and embrace God’s ways.

According to the cleric, when Jesus Christ appeared and his light lit up the universe, Christians should hold on to the truth and shun deception, stressing that God’s light shone and believers should shun darkness and pursue righteousness.

After that, the governor inspected the school and visited the army unit stationed in the assembly, praising their sacrifices for the people of the area.

Benue: Ortom directs the rebuilding of an elementary school destroyed by the Shepherds

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