Education : SUBEB projects are not political contracts  — Education Commissioner tells Contractors

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… says defaulting Contractors will not go unpublished

By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

As Benue State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) flags off it’s Financial Bids opening ceremony for the utilization of the first quarter 2016 to third quarter 2018 UBEC/ Benue State Government Intervention funds, the Honourable Commissioner for Education Benue State Professor Dennis Ityavyar has warned contractors that the contracts they have bided for are not political contracts.

The Commissioner also said that only qualified companies will be shortlisted to execute the contracts and according to the the stipulated standard and timely execution.

Professor Ityavyar gave the warning on Thursday while presenting a keynote address and declaring open  the financial Bids opening ceremony for the utilization of the 2016 1st quarter to 3rd quarter of 2018 UBEC/ Benue State Government Intervention funds held at the Benue SUBEB Headquarters in Makurdi.

He stressed that the Education ministry under his watch will not hesitate to to support Benue SUBEB in ensuring that defaulters of the contractual agreement will not go unpublished.

The Commissioner said education has remain the pillar of Nigeria Economic growth and Social advancement and upon this background no Nation can toy with the destiny of it’s citizenry.

Prof. Commended  the priority given to the education sector by the Governor Ortom administration since he assumed office as the Governor in 2015, where he has laid a solid foundation for basic education which is the starting point for the Benue child.

He applauded the feat recorded by the Benue State Government under the watch of Governor Samuel Ortom for promptly releasing the state counterpart funds for the 1st quarter 2016 to the 3rd quarter 2018 where the funds added to UBEC matching grant amount to N6.5billion that Benue SUBEB is expected to Use the funds for the execution of earmarked primary School projects.

Earlier, the Acting Executive Chairman of SUBEB Hon. Mathew Mnyam stated that Governor Samuel Ortom developmental strides in the education sector deserve a special commendation as demonstrated in the prompt and jointly  release of the funds N6.5 bn for numerous school projects.

Projects to be executed according to the Chairman include; construction of UBE standard blocks of class rooms, Offices, Stores and VIP toilets, rehabilitation/ renovation of classroom blocks, procurement and supply of plastic chairs and tables, drilling of boreholes and the installation of hand pumps among other projects.

“It could be recalled that Benue State Government in 2016 released State counterpart funds of N3.8bn while UBEC also matched it with N3.8bn totaling N7.6bn for the utilization of 2012 to 2015 Intervention funds which facilitate massive infrastructural development in the basic education subsector”, Mnyam stated.

He assured Benue People SUBEB Under his watch will continue to embrace transparency in the running of it’s affairs and only qualified companies will be given jobs to execute and according to the stipulated standard and time.

He maintained that if any company after given the contract fail to execute it  in line with the contractual agreement will be dealt with accordingly and legally.

The Chairman warned staff of the Board not to interfere in the process as the Board under his watch will not spare anyone irrespective of your status.

Also speaking, Chairman Benue State House of Assembly standing committee on education Hon. Williams Ortyom commended SUBEB for sustaining transparency in the biding process and assured SUBEB of Assembly backing towards ensuring that the right thing must be done.

“Assembly will not hesitate to give SUBEB the necessary support to use every legal means at their disposal  to deal with contractors who might default the contractual agreement.

The representative of UBEC Benue State Mrs. Comfort Jamani and the Secretary Benue State Tender Board S.I. Akaa all charged contractors for quality and timely projects execution and in line with the stipulated standards.

They emphasized the completion of projects given to them as critical and important for the overall good of the contractor, SUBEB and Benue State at large.

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