The Benue State Executive Council has set up a committee to evolve strategies to ensure compliance with original plans of the major towns in the state.
The council at its sixth meeting presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom directed the Secretary to the State Government to chair the committee while Justice, Industry, Trade and Investment, Housing and Urban Development, Works and Transport, Culture and Tourism commissioners as well as Economic Development, and Bureau of Lands and Survey Advisers with the Head of Service providing the committee secretary.
The committee was charged to involve all major relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors in the discharge of its assignment.
The meeting directed the Commissioner of Works and Housing to liaise with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, Federal Ministry of Works and members of the National Assembly for their collaboration on the emergency repair of the Washout/Failure of Kilometers two and four on the Ihugh-Tse-Mker road.
It directed the committee set up to organize the meeting with prominent sons and daughters of the state to announce the shifting of the event from Friday 18th September, 2015 and its incorporation into this year’s independence day celebrations.
The Exco directed that Permanent Secretaries to represent commissioners at meetings when they are unavoidably absent.
The council also ratified the payment of counterpart funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, earlier approved by the Governor for cassava value chain development in the state.
It directed the Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to brief the press on issues related to the payment of local government staff salaries especially that of primary school teachers.
The council reiterated that both the N28 billion bailout funds and the N5. 5 billion approved for payment of counterpart funding have not been accessed yet.