The Benue State Executive Council has set up a committee to organize a verification exercise for primary school teachers in the state preparatory to the introduction of the electronic payment system.
Governor Samuel Ortom who chaired the 8th session of the council today announced that the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu would chair the committee.
According to him, the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Targema Takema, the Chief of Staff, Honorable Terwase Orbunde, Commissioner of Finance, Mr. David Olofu, and Special Advisers on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua and those of Research and Documentation, Dr. Adzer Abya and Employment and Labor, Barrister Patricia Kupchi, as members.
He said the committee has been charged with the responsibility of organizing the successful conduct of the exercise by involving all major stakeholders who have integrity.
These include retired senior civil servants, nominees from faith based organizations, relevant unions, civil society organizations, security agencies as well as members of the state executive council.
The council set up two other committees to streamline priorities in the face of financial challenges as well as map out strategies for moving traders at the Wurukum Market to the new International Market.
The committee on prioritization has Special Advisers on Special Duties, Employment and Labour, Economic Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Arc Joe Kyaagba, Barrister Patricia Kupchi, Dr. Bem Melladu and Alhaji Isah Usman respectively.
Arc Kyaagba is chairman.
The Market committee has Commissioner of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai, with his colleague in Housing and Urban Development, Barrister John Onoja and that of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Mwuese Mnyim.
Other members include Special Advisers on Special Duties, Monitoring and Evaluation, Bureau of Lands, Professor Jonathan Uever as well as Principal Private Secretary, Mr. Stephen Amase and private sector professionals Messrs Ngutor Anyam and Augustine Kuma.
The council directed the task force on the clearing of refuse in the state capital headed by Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Engr Nicholas Wende to expedite action on the assignment.
It fixed next week Friday, 16 October, 2015 for the holding of a Stakeholders’ meeting at which the Governor would give an account of his stewardship and also receive inputs into his development blueprint.
Governor Ortom announced that he would visit Makurdi prison to witness the release of pardoned prisoners, pardon for others as well as reduction in the sentences of others tomorrow, 8th October, 2015.
The meeting approved Tuesdays and Thursdays as visiting days to the Benue Peoples House except on emergencies and special appointments which would be booked with the Protocol Department.