The Guardian (Nigeria)

Ortom laments rising insecurity in education sector

Gombe celebrates teenage science prodigy

- From Joseph Wantu ( Makurdi) and Mansur Aramide ( Gombe)

GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has lamented the rising wave of insecurity in the country, which has greatly affected the education sector.

Ortom stated his worries, yesterday, in his Gbajimba hometown, Guma Local Council, during the virtual commission­ing and handing over of Government Science Secondary School.

The school, which is built by Chevron, Famfa, Prime, Equinor and some other oil firms as part of their

Corporate Social Responsibi­lity ( CSR), was equipped with modern facilities.

Lauding the oil companies for investing in the education sector, the governor noted that “education remains the bedrock for the developmen­t of any nation.”

On his part, Ortom pledged, on behalf of his government, to protect the facility and announced immediate perimeter fencing of the school.

“Security is a responsibi­lity of every government. I appreciate the recent effort made by the Federal Government in nipping insecurity in the bud, especially in the state, but it should be sustained.

“I also appreciate the effort of security operatives, who are sacrificin­g their lives to ensure peace in our state. The Federal Government should embark on massive recruitmen­t and adequate funding of security agencies, for the operatives to put in their best in securing the lives of Nigerians,” Ortom appealed. M

EANWHILE, Gombe State Government, yesterday, celebrated 17- year- old

Sikiru Ismaila for emerging the Best Science Student in the North East and third in the country as a whole.

Sikiru, a Senior Secondary ( SS2) student of Government Day Science Secondary School, Gombe ( Science II), was also honoured with an hour phone- in radio programme in the state.

The Commission­ers for Education, Batari Dauda; Informatio­n and Culture, Julius Ishaya; and Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Aishatu Maigari, agreed that Governor Muhammad Yahaya’s declaratio­n of emergency in education had begun to pay off.

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