Dr Sunday Ochoche, Executive Director, Victims Support Fund (VSF) has said that the Fund would reconstruct the Government Secondary School, Takum, Taraba, with N1.2 billion within six months.
Ochoche made this known on Thursday in Abuja, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Development Africa, and International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and the Taraba State government.
He said that the reconstruction of the school which is VSF’s biggest project ever would be completed within six months, saying that the project was in line with the Fund’s intervention in the North East.
Ochoche said that the project was also in line with VSF’s priority of revamping the education sector in the region and its philosophy rebuilding better structures and amenities than the ones destroyed.
“In the light of scaling up our projects, we are taking up what singly will be the biggest project for Victims Support Fund and that is the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School Takum, Taraba State.
“ This is such a strategic school that has served the educational need of not just Taraba but a number of the environment including Benue and even children from across the international boundary of Cameroon.
“It was a school so significant for the social development of the Local Government and the region that was destroyed during one of the crisis in Taraba State.
“It has been quite some struggle on the part of the State government to try to give some modicum of recovery to the place to enable children reuse those facilities again.
“ Those efforts have reached a point that they required significant input from elsewhere and we from Victims support fund have been approached by the Taraba State government to assist with it.
“We are here today to sign the MoU between the Victims Support Fund, the Taraba State government and Development Africa after which work would begin immediately at the school.
“We would work closely with all the partners and with our consultants and not later than the middle of 2018 we would be commissioning the school’’, Ochoche said.
Also speaking, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba said that the state was very much delighted with the project and the intervention of the VSF to rebuild the education sector of the state.
Ishaku, who was represented by Mr Johanes Jigem, Commissioner for Education, Taraba, said that the school when rebuilt would help accommodate the teeming influx of students to the state.
He said that with the relative peace in Taraba, it has become host to a lot of people from neighboring states and even Cameroon which has led to the overpopulation of schools in the state.
He said that with the architectural plans on ground, the school on completion would be a model school with all the facilities of the digital age.
Ishaku also appreciated Development Africa for coming on board to construct a befitting structure that would be able to stand the test of time.
Mr Joshua Kempeneer, Country Director, Development Africa said that rebuilding of the GSS secondary school was a well deserved development for the state and for the community.
He assured that the best practice of international standards of construction would be put to bear and the project on completion would be a model and a testament to what can be done in Nigeria.
Kempeneer said that the school would touch lots of lives and make a huge impact to the future development of the state and Nigeria as future leaders will come from that school.
He commended the resilience of the teachers and students, who inspite of the dilapidation and destructions continued to work and go to school under trees and in burnt buildings. (NAN)