Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has decried the vandalisation of St. Catherine Primary School, Makurdi, by cultists.
He described the act as a willful destruction, purposeless and barbaric.
The governor spoke during an inspection tour of some facilities and projects on Monday in the state.
Noting that the school had become a refuge for cultists, he said, “I am told that the vandalism on this school was done by cultists.”
However, he revealed that the renovation of the school would be captured in the forthcoming phase of schools upgrading exercise.
The governor implored security agencies to reinforce security around school facilities in the state to curb similar acts of willful destruction.
He said, “I also urge the Universal Basic Education Board and the school management to fortify security within school premises.
“Employ security guards to watch over school premises and ensure that cultists and hoodlums do not come near.
“This is where I finished my primary education in 1976, I left here and proceeded to Idah for my post primary education.
“This school is very dear to me, this is the reason I came to see things personally. I am worried at the level of decay and vandalism.”