By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, CRSUBEB, yesterday commissioned nine new projects worth millions naira, under the 2022 UBE Intervention Projects, in schools across the Southern senatorial district of the state.
The projects are expected to help facilitate educational development in the state and perhaps help bring changes in the learning environment.
Decrying the poor state of infrastructural facilities in some schools due to theft and vandalism caused by miscreants, the SUBEB Chairman, Senator Stephen Adi Odey, who spoke during the commissioning of the school projects, charged residents of the host communities to complement government efforts by guarding the infrastructural facilities jealously as if there were their personal property.
Representing the SUBEB Chairman, the board, Secretary, Mr Cyril Itam, appealed to teachers and pupils to put the newly commissioned projects to good use.
Commending the state government and the board for the transformation witnessed in the basic education sector, the Headteacher of Government Primary School, Anantigha, Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Mrs Umo Edem Orok, stated that the newly renovated classroom blocks will assist the school in effective teaching and learning.
In his earlier remarks, the school prefect of UBEC Model Vocational Junior Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Ogar Ntufam Favour, who was visibly excited, stressed that the new vocational workshop will give students a conducive environment to learn and better harness their skills.
Projects commissioned by the board include, vocational workshop at UBEC Model Vocational Junior Secondary School, Atimbo, Akpabuyo Local Government Area; newly rehabilitated four-classroom block at Government Primary School, Anantigha, Calabar South Local Government Area and construction of classroom block at Government Primary School II, Calaro Camp, Akamkpa Local Government Area.
Other areas that the SUBEB commissioned projects include: projects in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area – newly constructed four-classroom blocks at Government Primary School Akai Efa, and a rehabilitated three-classroom block at Government Primary School, Ikot Effangha.
In Biase Local Government Area, the board commissioned a newly constructed four-classroom block at St. Augustine Primary School, Edoma; a six-classroom block at PCN, Okurike; two rehabilitated four- and six-classroom blocks at PCN Primary School, Akpet 1 and PCN Primary School, Betem.