VSF launches reconstruction of damaged public infrastructure in Benue


Speaking during the ceremony in Guma, VSF Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, said that the committee would undertake the reconstruction with over N700 million.

He said that the work, which would be completed in three months, would cover damaged structures in Guma, Logo and Agatu local government areas.

Ochoche said that 28 public institutions would be rebuilt of which 23 were schools and five clinics.

Also speaking, Gov. Samuel Ortom appealed to the committee not to only to rebuild the clinics but to also to equip them, giving an assurance that the state government would stock them with drugs.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, Ortom urged the people to make maximum use of the clinics when completed, and warned against indulging in self- medication.

He commended the committee for its quick response to his request, stressing that it riskedthe lives of its officials by visiting the affected areas even when the hostilities were at the peak.

”I urge members of benefitting communities to accord the contractors maximum support to enable them to deliver the projects on time.

”The timely completion of the projects will make it possible for other communities that suffered similar fate to also benefit from this intervention,” he said.

Ortom also pleaded with the Federal Government to extend the terminal date of the Operation Whirl Stroke, saying that the troops had contained herdsmen attacks on communities.

”I call on all Benue people to remain law-abiding and peace-loving as you have always been as no development thrives in a state of insecurity,” he said.

Also in a remark, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Mr Tijani Tumsa, said that the committee would not relent in partnering with the state government for the overall benefit of the state and its people.

The committee had earlier undertaken an assessment of damaged public buildings in  affected local government councils in the state.

The committee was originally constituted to assist in the reconstruction of damaged public infrastructures destroyed by Boko Haram in the North-East.

Benue is the first state to be covered by the committee since its inauguration.

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