Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has revealed that his administration would start receiving bids for the award of contract to rebuild and retool Benin Technical College (BTC) on Monday.
He disclosed this as he visited the school yesterday in company of the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Hon. Laure Boldrini.
The governor revealed that his administration was focused on how to tackle the challenge of revivifying and upgrading the technical college to excellent standards.
He said: â€œWe are clear on what to do; we are ready to take up the challenges to tackle the problems head on. My first assignment as the Governor of Edo State was to visit the Benin Technical College to inspect the school. I am happy to inform you that by Monday we will open the bid to award the contract to build the schoolâ€.
He continued that by 2019, the school would have 5,000 students, most of which would be female because the government was prioritising female empowerment.
He therefore urged Boldrini to encourage Nigerians in Italy to return back home and collaborate with the government in the task of developing Edo State, adding that his administration would utilise the schoolâ€™s premises to build facilities.
On power supply to the school, he disclosed that an agreement had been reached with Benin Electricity Distribution Company limited (BEDC) to supply uninterrupted power to the college.
Meanwhile, Boldrini expressed support for the governorâ€™s policy to prioritise education, affirming that education was the key of progress and prosperity and everything in life because it helped to build capacity to move ahead in life.
She said: â€œEducation is the key of progress, dignity and prospect of life. It helps you with the capacity to move ahead in life. Education gives you the capacity to choose in lifeâ€.