By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The Executive Chairman Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),Rev Emmanuel Aper has called on stakeholders stakeholders in Basic Education to support the Board and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in the campaign of bringing out of school children in the state back to school.
The SUBEB Boss made the call at town hall meetings and rallies held in Gwer West and Agatu Local Government Areas organized by UBEC in conjunction with Benue SUBEB.
Emmanuel Aper who was represented by the Acting Director, Social Mobilization,Mr.Adanu Eigege maintained that in addition to governments determination to turn around basic education in the state, a meeting was held with UBEC to work out modalities for a successful conduct of enrollment drive campaign.
He assured stakeholders of the boards commitment in collaborating with them to tackle challenges confronting Basic Education.
In her address, UBEC Director, North central Zone Dr.Ene Adikwu revealed that the Management of UBEC is zealous in a bid to transform Basic Education in its entity that the Nigerian Child would receive sound and qualitative education so as to become great leaders and contribute meaningfully to nation building.
Also speaking, UBEC State Coordinator Mrs Augustina Sanchi said sending our children back to school has become necessary because education is the best legacy for our children and it will also bring development to our communities.
On his part, Ada Agatu, Chief Godwin Onah called on the Agatu people to send their children back to school. He stressed that there is no way a society can develop with out education since education is the key to success.
Also, Ter Tyoshin,His Royal Highness, Chief Daniel Abomtse, represented by Mr. Atsue Moses, promised that the Tyoshin traditional council would take the campaign to the nooks and crannies of the area.
Various stakeholders including the SBMC,NUT,PTA, AOPSHON, Education Secretaries of Gwer West and Agatu Local Government Education Authorities in their statements of commitment expressed their desire to work for the increase of enrollment in Basic schools in the state.
They however called on government to show more commitment through regular payment of teachers salaries and provision of additional school infrastructure.
School Based Management Committee Officials, LGEA Field Staff,Association of Okada Riders and other Stakeholders participated in aggressive enrollment rallies on the streets of Mama and Obagaji.