Education Commissioner flags-off distribution of motorcycles for SUBEB officials, others


By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

Benue  State Commissioner for Education Professor Dennis Ityavyar on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of Eighteen (18) motorcycles procured from 2018/2019 Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) matching grant for Quality Assurance activities in Benue State.

Professor Ityavyar also charged the benefitting quality assurance officers at SUBEB headquarters and at the Local Government Education Authorities ( LGEAs) to ensure that the usage of the motorcycles conform to a purpose for which they are meant for under the strict supervision of the SUBEB Executive Chairman.

Performing the flag-off at the SUBEB headquarters in Makurdi, Ityavyar explained that it is pertinent to note that the ongoing effort of the State Government towards repositioning the Board is basically meant  to bring about efficiency and accountability in the system.

He further explained that as Benue State Government invests heavily in UBEC programmers in the State; Basic Education staff on their part have to reciprocate the gesture by exhibiting high sense of diligence, honesty and accountability

Prof. Ityavyar disclosed that a total  sum of N58, 953, 313.80 release for quality assurance activities in the State is a joint collaboration between Benue State Government and UBEC.

According to the Commissioner, a total sum of N24, 835, 673.80 has so far been accessed from the aforementioned amount which the Board has procured 18 motorcycles and office equipment for quality assurance purposes as well settled the allowances of quality officers who are constantly involved in school evaluation activities.

He commended Governor Samuel Ortom and UBEC for impacting positively on the Benue Child through support for quality Basic Education and to ensure that these efforts continue to yield the desired results, education managers in the State have to embrace dignity of labour, honesty and the principle of accountability.

Ityavyar appreciated the Board department of quality assurance headed by its Director Mrs. Dooshima Jibo for ensuring the success of the programme without hitches and advised other departments to always exhibit same in their respective assignments.

He acknowledged the cordial working relationship among staff of the department and the Board at large sustained by the Director over time.

Earlier the Executive Chairman Benue SUBEB  Comrade Joseph Utse explained that the huge investment by UBEC and Benue State Government in the education of Benue Child has been used wisely by the Board for the procurement of eighteen motorcycles and office equipment for quality assurance activities as well  payment of allowances to qualify assurance officers.

Utse further explained that Sixteen of the motorcycles will be distributed to the following Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) across the three Senatorial Districts of the State to include; Zone ‘A’ , Logo, Ukum, Kwande, Ushongo and Konshisha.

Zone ‘B’ , Guma, Gwer-East, Gwer – West, Gboko and Buruku while Zone ‘C’ have Otukpo, Agatu, Apa, Ogbadibo, Obi and Ado respectively while the remaining two motorcycles will be used at the Board Headquarters to facilitate effective Quality Assurance activities.

He commended the Education Commissioner for efficiently playing a supervisory role in the Board and provide useful ideas which the Board has tapped maximally for the implementation of its programmes.

On her part, the Director Quality Assurance Mrs. Dooshima Jibo whom under her purview the motorcycles were purchased,  warned benefitting LGEAs  to allow the use of the motorcycles only for the purpose of quality assurance activities and added that the maintenance should be taken seriously in order to serve them long.

She enumerated some of the activities carried out by Quality Assurance officers in the State to include; monitoring of schools resumption, whole school evaluation, continuous quality assurance evaluation, daily schools monitoring follow – up evaluation as well as conduct of examination monitoring for each term to provide the needed guidance and support to the educational institutions with the aim to improve in all aspects of school life.