The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the weekend listed long term goals which he said would accelerate development and promote the welfare of the state.
He made the disclosure at a forum with development partners held at the new Banquet Hall of the Peoples House, in Makurdi.
According to him, the goals included transparent and accountable governance, massive jobs and wealth creation, provision of quality education and health care, critical infrastructure, as well as empowerment of women, youths, and persons living with disabilities.
“Permit me to inform you that I have set up two committees to translate my blueprint into an inclusive and participatory long-term plan for the state,” he said.
“I’m confident that the opportunity provided by this forum would enable you to share with us your challenges in the course of supporting the state and this will be factored into our development plan.”
Governor Ortom expressed appreciation for the support which he said the partners gave the state in all sectors saying their expertise and experience has added value to improving the quality of life in the state.
He said the partners have helped the state in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and helped in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals especially maternal, child and reproductive health.
The Governor assured that his administration was committed to addressing the challenges which the partners face such as non-payment of counterpart funds and lack of access to government officials.
Those who spoke for the partners including Tim Connel, Country Director, Concern Universal, and Patience Ekeoba, of DFID Voices for Change, said they were overwhelmed with the hospitality of the state government and pledged support for quality service delivery in the state.