By George Okoh
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that the state is in the process of upgrading the Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies to a polytechnic.
He disclosed this while inaugurating the visitation panel to the college with a charge to members to among other things examine the adequacy and quality of staff development programmes of the institution.
Ortom said there is provision for infrastructure upgrade at the institution in the 2016 budget, pointing out that in due time, the administration would consider upgrading it to a polytechnic.
The committee which has a month to submit its report has Professor Nancy Agbe as Chairman, while Professor Batur Laha; Dr. Joseph Antyo; Mrs. Kukase Garba; Dr. Bibiana Igbabur; and Mr. David Ngbede are members.
Inaugurating the panel at the Benue People’s House, the governor urged the members to examine the law establishing the institution to determine in what ways it had been observed and also suggest any necessary modifications to it to enable the school achieve its objectives.
He urged the committee to trace the historical evolution of the institution and take stock of its net achievements, challenges and its style, as well as sense of direction.