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By Tahav Agerzua
Governor Samuel Ortom today disclosed that the state was in the process of upgrading the Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies to a Polytechnic.
He made the disclosure while inaugurating the visitation panel to the College with a charge to members to, among others things, examine the adequacy and quality of staff development programmes of the institution.
Governor Ortom said there was provision for infrastructure upgrade of 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 one 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, Governor Ortom urged 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 panel 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.
The Governor Ortom charged the panel to examine the finances of the institution in the areas of revenue generation, expenditure, transparency, accountability and observance of due process.
Chairman of the panel, Professor Agbe, expressed gratitude to Governor Ortom for finding the members worthy to perform the assignment and promised not to disappoint.
The former Vice-Chancellor of University of Mkar, said she was confident that members were of proven integrity and track record of performance and would bring their experience to bear on the assignment.

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