Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, will be used as a benchmark for the planning of next year’s budget in Benue State.
Governor Samuel Ortom made this known at a thanksgiving service in honour of his Principal Private Secretary, Mr. Stephen Amase at NKST Church Aliade in Gwer local government area of the state.
He explained that the decision became necessary in view of the dwindling allocation from the Federation account which has made the payment of salaries and the execution projects difficult.
The Governor said the situation called for financial discipline to avoid unnecessary expenditure by the government, to adjust to the current realities.
Governor Ortom described his Principal Secretary Mr. Amase as God fearing and humble, thanking the Pastor of NKST Aliade and the entire congregation for organising the thanksgiving service to acknowledge God.
In a remark, the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Kyange assured the people of the State that the legislature will continue to ensure that they get the best from the present administration. Also Speaking, the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice Barrister Mike Gusa called for unity among the people of Gwer, describing the Ortom administration as people-oriented.
In other speeches on the occasion, a former governorship aspirant in Benue State, Mr. Hingah Biem stressed the need for young people to emulate the exemplary leadership style of Mr. Amase, promising to join hands with him among other Gwer Sons and Daughters to support the Ortom administration to succeed.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Mike Atser and the Chairlady, the commissioner for women affairs and social development, Mrs. Mwuese Mnyim both stated that it was important for people to always give thanks to God.
Responding, the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Stephen Amase expressed gratitude to God for His numerous favours upon him. He also thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for the opportunity accorded him to serve the State.