John Shiaondo, Makurdi
In order to boost agriculture in Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has said he will soon revive and upgrade the Agricultural Training Centre Mbatie in Buruku Local Government Area. Governor Samuel Ortom, who made this known when he visited the college, noted that his administration has resolved to fully develop the agriculture sector as an employment generating platform which would also ensure maximum food production for local consumption and export.
He stated that the training centre has great potential to contribute to the development of the state economy, saying he will do everything possible including seeking foreign assistance to bring the school back to life. He assured that the government would move quickly to address the challenges facing the institution as soon as the economy of the state improved.
The governor, lamented the dilapidation state of structures at the school and the small student population which he noted would improve very soon. He charged the ‘Ter Buruku’ and other traditional rulers in the area to ensure that the institution’s land was not encroached upon, assuring that the immediate community will be the greatest beneficiary when activities resume at the centre.
Ter Buruku, Chief David Afaityo, said people of the area were grateful to Governor Ortom for his good intention to revive the training centre which has almost closed down with more teachers than students. The principal of the institution, Daniel Pila, said the institution which was established in 1955 has enormous challenges particularly in the area of infrastructure and student population adding that at the moment only the fish and grass cutter farm were operational.