Benue state government is to raise N10billion this year through donations to address the dilapidated state of public schools across the state.
The state Commissioner of Eduction, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar who made this known yesterday in Makurdi, said the fund would be raised through the newly inaugurated Benue People’s Education Project, BePEP.
Ityavyar said “the mandate of the project is to raise over N100billion in the next few years to bridge the funding gap in the sector which has over time suffered neglect to the detriment of the upcoming generation.”
He said the funds which would be generated through BePEP under the direct supervision of the state Governor would be managed in such a manner that it’s activities would be opened to public scrutiny.
Earlier, the Coordinator of BePEP, Mrs. Betty Kajoh explained that “the project is a crowd-funding platform with the mandate to garner resources from alternative sources to support public education in Benue state. “The project is intended to create a network of funding partners which will include banks, religious organizations, political appointees, traders and business organizations, Non- Governmental Organisations, international donors and public spirited individuals.”
“As we set out to actualize this dream our paramount goal is to raise donations by cash and or physical infrastructures to ultimately boost teaching and learning in public schools across the state.”