Court Stops Ortom From Handover Of Grant Aided Schools

By Denen Achussah

A Makurdi High Court Presided by Justice S. O. Itodo, has issued an interim order restraining Benue State Government from handing over grant aided schools to their proprietors.

The Benue State Government has consluded plans to handover about 400 grant aided schools in the state to their proprietors. In a recent interview with reporters, the State Commissioner for Education Prof Dennis Ityavyar disclosed that “there are about 1000 secondary schools particularly in Benue State. Out of these only 400 are grant aided,” and expressed the readiness of the state government to handover such schools back to their owners by August this year.

Now, Ukor Ayem, proprietor of Akpur College Gboko and 73 Others, through their counsel S. A. Orkuma have approached the court in suit No. MHC/224/2020, challenging the intended action of the State Government.

Joined in the suit are the Government of Benue State, Attorney General of Benue State, Commissioner for Education, Teaching Service Board as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Defendants respectively.

The applicants therefore, entered a Motion Exparte listed as MHC/1156M/2020, which was moved by Orkuma before His Lordship Justice S. O. Itodo seeking the injunction pending the determination of the substantive suit.

In his ruling, Justice Itodo held that “the court upon deep appraisal and consideration of the issue raised in the application sees reason to grant the application.”

His Lordship, in addition to granting the prayers sought ordered same, including Hearing Notice of the substantive suit be served on the defendants.

He therefore, adjourned the matter for 27th July, 2020, for the hearing of the Motion on Notice.

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