Yesterday, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom attended the burial ceremony of Zaki Gbagyo Orkpe. It was at the burial ceremony that he directed the construction of a new block of clasrroms at LGEA, Orkpe.
Does it mean that if the Zaki did not die, there was no plan to build additional classrooms in the school?
Today, Governor Ortom attended a thanksgiving ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish North Bank, Makurdi. It was there he impulsively directed the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar to construct a block of classrooms at St. Mary’s Secondary School North Bank.
Does this mean that if there was no thanksgiving at the school, there was no plan to build additional classrooms? What if the school needed more teachers and not classrooms? What if they needed a computer laboratory and not more classrooms?
Last week, the same thing happened. Ortom directed the renaming of the LGEA Primary School, Ogene -Amejo in Edumoga, in commemoration of 13-year old Miss Ochanya Ogbanje who was reportedly raped to death, and directed the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to carry out renovation work on the primary school.
Did it have to take the death of a young girl for the school to be renovated? What was the government’s plan for the school ab initio? What then happens to schools in areas that don’t have ceremonies or have not experienced tragedies enough to get the Governors presence or attention?
Even though renovation of schools is good, doing so at the instance of deaths, burials or some other event depicts the planlessness that has characterised leadership in Benue state in the last three and half years under Governor Ortom. This planlessness has affected other aspects of governance where pronouncements are made by impulse without careful thought.
We certainly cannot continue like this. Governance should be a deliberate act of careful planning and assiduous progressive work and not making unplanned pronouncements by mere impulse. Next years election presents another opportunity for Benue people to choose whether to retain this haphazard retrogressive system of governance or governance at the level that Benue state truely deserves.
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