June 12: Lalong administration constructs 200 schools in 2 years

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau says is administration has established and constructed more than 200 schools across 17 areas of the in the last two years.

Lalong disclosed this in a broadcast to the people of the on Saturday as part of events marking ’s Democracy Day.

“Within the last two years, we have established and constructed over 200 Primary and Junior Secondary Schools as well as rehabilitated many others. We also procured and distributed over 6,000 chairs, tables and other furniture to various schools, ” he said.

He said his administration had also provided infrastructure, manpower and training “for all our educational institutions across the ”, saying this would facilitate productivity and economic growth.

The governor also said that his administration’s effort to improve standard of education had to increase in school enrollment in public schools, adding that such gesture was being enforced in the more than 1,300 private schools in the state.

He said his administration had established two new schools in the southern and central senatorial zones of the state to improve access to and vocational skills by youths, while promoting entrepreneurship.

He said his vision for access to quality and affordable education was being realised with the approval for the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Nyak in Shendam Area and the four .

“To further increase access to education in , our combined efforts yielded positive results as the President and Commander in Chief, Buhari, approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Nyak in Shendam Area.

“Karl Kumm Vom, owned by Church Of Christ In Nation; and ANAN Kwall, established by the Association of National Accountants of ,” Lalong said.

In physical infrastructure development, Lalong said his administration had intervened in 19 out of the 28 inherited road , while embarking on 26 new roads with a span of about 800 kilometres, linking various towns and villages across the state.

“Other road were captured in the “Operation Zero Potholes” initiative where over 20 internal roads within the Jos-Bukuru Metropolis were reconstructed or rehabilitated covering over 40 kilometres.

“The street lighting project tagged: “Operation Light up Plateau” has also been ongoing. So far, we have covered a distance of 80 kilometres across the Jos-Bukuru Metropolis with integrated solar powered street lights that have illuminated the city.

” We intend to continue with other areas once we get more resources,” he said.

The governor said as part of efforts to make potable water accessible to the people of the state, his administration had constructed and rehabilitated various water treatment facilities.

He said the include the Yelwa Water Treatment Plant; the rehabilitation of Langtang North Water Treatment Plant and the Pankshin Water Treatment Plant.

He said said the State Government was constructing a new Treatment Plant and Water Reticulation in Riyom among several others,and also provided hundreds of hand pumps across the state.(NAN)