By CHRIS EKEKE, Abuja
Communities in Benue State have benefitted from several economic empowerment and community development projects initiated in the state through the office of the Special Adviser to Benue State Governor on Development Corporation, SDGs and NEPAD, the National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS) has said.
NUBESS in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by its national president, Comrade Agoh Mfo Basil, said the body was excited by the activities of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) saying the communities that were neglected are now being catered for.
He explained that the union took pains to follow through the claims made by the Adviser to Benue State Governor on Development Corporation, SDGs and NEPAD, Dr. Magdalyne Dura and have reached the conclusion that activities undertaken will rejuvenate the communities and the state in general.
“NUBESS has found out with satisfaction that the office of the Special Adviser on Development Cooperation, SDGs and NEPAD has been able to extensively intervene in this area, through the construction of fully equipped modern Primary Health Care Centres with referral vehicles and drugs.
“For too long, primary healthcare service has been neglected and the construction of 23 new ones equipped with modern facility is a serious boost to access to primary healthcare by our populations that are scattered in the hinterlands, which are most often neglected”.
The student’s body noted that the milestones made by SDGs through the construction of classroom blocks, construction and supply of steel framed desks and benches and supply of exercise books to all schools in six participating Local Government Areas of the state including Agatu, Ohimini, Oju, Ushongo, Gboko and Tarka was worth commendation.
“The office has also made significant efforts in improving water and sanitation as seen in its intervention with the provision of hand and solar powered bore holes, rain water harvesters and provision of VIP toilets to communities in the state.
“We view the construction of the imposing Benue State Centre for Enterprise Development and Innovation (BENCEDI), Makurdi and Skills Acquisition Centres in Apa Agilla and Gbajimba in Ado and Guma local
government areas respectively as fundamental, when put to proper use for the much needed skills by the rising army of unemployed minds some of who have what it takes to get a white collar job.
“Indeed, SDGs under Dr Dura has constructed and installed machinery for the Orange Cleaning and Packaging Plant in Ushongo and Yandev towns, the Soybeans Cleaning and Packaging Plant in Wannune Tarka, the Benniseed Cleaning and Packaging Plant in Oju, and Garri Processing Plants in Ogwule Kaduna and Ogoli Onyangede in Agatu and Ohimini local government areas respectively with the attendant effects of boosting the local economy and to gainfully engage our people thereby also reducing unemployment and crime. It also serves the purpose of value addition for the huge agricultural produce obtainable in Benue State”, the statement added.