Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today disclosed that his administration has set aside N100 million to pay counterpart funding for the programs of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in the state.
He spoke when he received UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ratidzai Ndhlohu, who led a delegation to visit him at the Benue Peoples House.
According to Governor Ortom he appreciated the activities and interventions of the group in the state adding that it had the expertise, experience and resources to add value to the people of the state.
He said it was in appreciation of the inputs of development partners that he secured the approval of the State Assembly to secure a loan and pay counterpart funding for their programs across the board adding that N100 million was for the UNFPA.
The representative expressed appreciation for the fund and disclosed that her organization would commit N120 million for its activities in the state in two years.
She disclosed that her schedule in the state included visits to the Internally Displace Persons in Daudu, Guma local government area and interaction with them.
Governor Ortom also received the Zonal Commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mrs. Tina Ugwu.
He directed the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to assist in paying the rent of the organization and the Bureau of Lands and Survey to fast track the process of providing land for the organization to build its permanent office in the state.
Governor Ortom described trafficking in persons as the reintroduction of slave trade and pledged to support the agency to deliver on its mandate inspite of current challenges.
Mrs. Ugwu had requested for land on which her organization would build its zonal office as well as inclusion in the state security council which Governor Ortom promised to oblige if it complied with the law.
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