Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has promised to equip the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), Benin, formerly known as Benin Technical College, being remodeled by his administration with new sets of workshop equipment in the first quarter of this year.
He made this known while addressing journalists after the inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation work at the college, in Benin City, Edo State.
Obaseki said he visited the college to inspect the progress of work at the laboratories and workshops. He said that the equipment ordered for the laboratories and workshops would be available in 90 days. While he explained that a greater section of the college would be ready within the next six months.
He made it clear that though the pace of rehabilitation has been rather slow but the time-consuming aspect of the work has been concluded. “Within the next 90 days, the new building should be completed. It should be roofed in the next one month and the internal finishing completed.” He said.
According to him “The new building will sit between 400 and 500 students. The idea is to have a school that can accommodate about 1,500 students at the same time.”
He said the Minister of Power has approved a dedicated 133 KVA power line which will supply electricity to the College and the University of Benin directly from the Ihovbor Power Plant to take care of the electricity need of the college. “We have a team coming from the Transmission Company of Nigeria next week. We are getting a 133 KVA power line directly from the Ihovbor power plant to the college,”
He also stated that the state government is already in talks with the World Bank and other relevant bodies on how to gradually develop the manpower required to get the college running.
However, the team leader on the project, Mr Giles Omezi said they were on track and will deliver the first aspect of the project before the end of the third quarter of the year.
Mr. Giles said by September 2019, the school would have been rehabilitated with full accreditation secured, as about 45 percent of work has been done in some respect. “Based on our last review, we have done about 45 per cent of work. What we have left are the service, internal and external fittings and refurbishment of the existing college building,” he added.