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FEC Approve N136 Million For University Of Benin

The Federal Executive Council (FCC) has approve the sum of N136 million for the procurement of theatre seats and computers for the University of Benin in Edo State.

Minister of State-Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba announced this while briefing State House Correspondents, at the end of this week’s virtual cabinet meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “We submitted a memo on behalf of the University of Benin, for the procurement and installation of theatre seats and computers for work in the auditorium of the University of Benin.

“The project is being funded by the 2019 Tertiary Education funds allocated to the school in the sum of N136 million and the contract was approved by FEC as proposed by the University of Benin and they will now proceed with the procurement.”

Nwajiuba said the government’s position on the resumption of schools remains the same, as it is still meeting with stakeholders in the education sector, to chart the way forward.

“We are still meeting with parents over that, we are not confident yet that everywhere is safe, the number of COVID-19 infections from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are still very alarming and we have presented this to parents and all stakeholders in the education ecosystem.

“We are still meeting with them; in fact, there is a stakeholder meeting slated for Monday next week,” he said.

He mentioned that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is also consulting and looking at a possible change of date for final year exams for secondary school leavers.

According to Nwajiuba’s statement: “WAEC on its own part is also negotiating with other West African countries to look at possible shift in date and once they are through with that meeting and hopefully when we are also through with the consultations if there is any change in the ministry’s position, we will communicate.”

The Minister stressed that the remark made by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu last week, is still the position of the ministry until further notice.

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