Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue assents to bills converting state colleges of educations to polytechnics at the Government House, Makurdi. Photo: Terna Injua (Radio Nigeria).
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom today assent to the bills seeking to repeal the Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture, Yandev and College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi laws to make provisions for their conversion to polytechnics.
Also assented to by Governor Ortom is a bill for the amendment of a law to make provisions for the establishment of the Benue State Health Insurance Agency to commence health insurance scheme for residents of the state.
Performing the ceremony at New Banquet Hall of Government House, Makurdi Governor Ortom said the conversion of the institutions to polytechnics was part of the agenda of his administration to reposition the education sector to meet the challenges of a new economy.
The Governor noted that the desire of Government was to ensure that the institutions produce graduates with adequate skills to become job creators rather than job seekers thereby helping the state to build a self-reliant economy.
He assured that adequate funds would be released through the committee set up to ensure the smooth take-off the polytechnics for them to get the necessary regulatory approvals and enjoined the host communities to be of good conduct.
On the establishment of a health insurance scheme, Governor Ortom said although the law was signed several months earlier, there was a compelling need to amend it to address concerns raised by civil servants during its initial implementation.
The Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Titus Uba who presented the three bills to Governor Ortom stated that the assembly painstakingly looked at them to ensure that they conform with what was obtainable in other states.
Radio Nigeria reports that Governor Ortom also received the outgoing and incoming provosts of Nigeria Navy Regulatory School, Makurdi and assured of assisting the institution to meet its yearnings.