Benue upgrades agric, remedial colleges to polytechnics

The Benue state government Monday approved the conversion of Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies, ATCAPS, Makurdi to Akawe Torkula Polytechnic, ATP, Makurdi.

The council also approved the conversion of Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture, Yandev, AOCAY, to Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Yandev, AOPY, Yandev.

The approval was given at the executive council meeting  presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom, Monday at the Benue Government House, Makurdi.

Briefing newsmen, the permanent secretary of the state Ministry for Information, Culture and Tourism, James Agbo, who represented the commissioner, said the decision of council to convert the two institutions to polytechnics was to enable them meet accreditation requirements set by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

He said it was the considered decision of council that Akperan Orshi Polytechnic and Akawe Torkula Polytechnic will begin to offer fully accredited diploma courses in various disciplines with graduates of the two institutions also participating in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He stated that the approval of the state executive council is to be sent to the state House of Assembly for amendment of the laws establishing the institutions.

He further stated that the Benue state executive council also approved the termination of contract for the extension of electricity from Gbajimba to Tse-Akaahena in Guma local government area.

He said : “Council also approved the termination of contract for the construction of the feeder road which covers Tse-Ortom-Tse-Upev-Tse-Akaahena-Nasarawa border in Guma local government area of the state.

“The decision of council to terminate the two contracts was based on the fact that the contractor Dan-Ella Global Business Services Limited had abandoned the projects, contrary to terms of the agreement it signed with Benue state government three years ago.

“The company is expected to refund the sum of N54.3 million on the abandoned road project and N26.5 million on the abandoned electricity project.  Council further directed the Ministry of Rural Development and Cooperatives to award the affected contracts to a qualified and competent company.

“The state executive council also commenced deliberations on the proposed Benue state Geographical Information Services for land administration in the state,” he added.

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