… Enumerates projects executed under his watch
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The Executive Chairman Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Comrade Joseph Utse has disclosed that his main objective at the helm of affairs of the board is to reposition the board in its entirety for efficient and smooth operation of Benue Child Basic Education.
Comrade Utse also explained that in order to achieve hundred percent reposition and restoration of the lost glory in the Basic Education system as contained in his administration set objective, practical and visible narrative about the public Primary Schools directly under the watch of SUBEB must be changed.
The Executive SUBEB Chairman made the disclosure at the Board headquarters in Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State while fielding questions from Nigerian NewDirect about his achievements in the board as he clocks one hundred days in office.
He further explained that for the practical and visible narrative about the public Primary Schools to be changed the right thing has to be done by ensuring that a conducive learning environment must be put in place alongside the provision of learning Basic amenities such as infrastructure, desks and chairs and instructional materials for learning like books and so on.
” And this is what the board under his watch is doing”. Utse stated.
Comrade Utse stated that prudence, openness, fairness, due process and above all the fear of God remained his watch words in steering the affairs of the board for optimal productivity that will make his set objective for the board inevitable.
He revealed some of the achievements recorded in the board within his hundred days in office as the Executive Chairman to include the following;;
One Thousand Two hundred classrooms blocks in Primary Schools are renovated , constructed and commissioned by Governor Samuel Ortom , scattered across the twenty three local government areas of the State through matching funds of Benue State government through SUBEB and UBEC
He noted that most of the public schools renovated and constructed are housing Junior Secondary Schools under Universal Basic Education(UBE).
Sixy Thousand plastic chairs and tables and instructional materials for learning are procured and commissioned by the Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom for onward distribution to public Primary Schools through matching funds of Benue State government through SUBEB and UBEC and arrangements are underway to procure additional Thirty Thousand plastic chairs and tables for onward distribution to schools.
Procurement of additional Ten Thousand plastic chairs and tables by the Governor of Benue State to complement the efforts of Benue State government through SUBEB and Universal Basic Education Commission in supporting Child education in the State also commissioned.
The Board through one of its department Departments Quality Assurance has also procured a Hilux pick up van and Eighteen motor cycles and distributed to heads of quality assurance across the twenty three local government areas to ease the mobility of the sttaff for optimal productivity.
The Executive Chairman further revealed other new projects of Schools renovations and constructions advertised in the State to include;
One Hundred and Eight additional classrooms blocks in Primary Schools are advertised for constructions, 99 classrooms blocks advertised for renovations, in Primary schools while the supply of 21, 577 plastic chairs and tables and drilling of 75 boreholes in primary Schools are also advertised through SUBEB/ UBEC matching funds.
The narrative changer, Comrade Joseph Utse was born on the 23rd December, 1961 to the family of Utse Bur.
Have his primary school education at RCM primary school, Shimankar, Shendam local government area of Plateau State from 1971 to 1977 and proceeded to Government Teachers’ College Gindiri, Mangu local government area of Plateau State from 1977 to 1982.
He enrolled at the Prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State in 1986 and obtained a Diploma in Special Education in 1988 and proceeded for further studies at Benue State University, Makurdi and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from 2004 to 2010.
Comrade Utse having bagged a Grade 11 Certificate in 1982, picked up an appointment with with the then Gongola State as a class teacher at Local Government Education Authority Primary School Nanguru. In 1992, he transferred his services to LGEA Central School Gbajimba, Guma local government area of Benue State and from 1992 to 1995, served as an Assistant Head Teacher.
From 1995 to 1997, he was posted to LGEA Primary school Begha, in Guma local government area of Benue State as Head Teacher. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Head Teacher at LGEA Primary school Tse -Gwa, i n Guma local government area.
After many years of meritorious service in the classroom, he was posted to Guma Local Government Education Authority Gbajimba as Monitoring Officer from 2001 to 2015.
He was appointed the Head of Quality Assurance from 2015 to 2017.
Comrade Utse, having served his father land meritoriously for 35 years, retired in 2017 and was appointed by the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom as a Senior Special Assistant on Special Education from 2019 to 2020.
Comrade Joseph Utse was appointed by the Executive Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom as the Executive Chairman of Benue State Universal Basic Education Board on the 15th April, 2020 till date.
On the 29th September, 2020, Comrade Utse was inducted and conferred with Doctorate Fellow Award by the Institute of Political Administration and Management ( IPAM), he is richly versatile, happily married with children and have travelled to many countries.