<<< By Charles Iornumbe >>>
The Benue State Government says its target is to come top in the implementation of the Federal Government’s social investments programme.
Governor Samuel Ortom gave the assurance today while declaring open a three-day stakeholders’ workshop on the Home Grown School Feeding programme of the Federal government, held at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
Governor Ortom stated that the social investments programme is timely and significant as it is capable of adding value to his administration’s efforts at transforming the agriculture sector, urging the people of the state to embrace the programme.
The Governor expressed concern that farmers in the state had been selling their produce at huge losses, saying in due time, all the factors negatively affecting agriculture would be removed to pave way for greater production.
He urged vendors who will be selected at the end of the workshop to be selfless and avoid acts of corruption or other practices capable of frustrating farmers.
Also speaking,bthe Commissioner for Finance, Mr.David Olofu, said the employment of 500 Teachers and 1000 artisans through home grown school feeding programme, would guarantee economic fortunes of the poor and vulnerable households and demonstrate that government is on the path of economic emancipation of the people.
Speaking through the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Matthew Uyina, the Commissioner maintained that youths needed to be engaged meaningfully so that their lofty ideas could be properly utilized.
A team of officers of the National Home Grown Programme of the Federal Government led by Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi who earlier visited Governor Ortom said they were in the state to support farmers to provide food with the needed nutritional value for children.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Investment, Mr. Conrad Terhide Utaan announced during the visit that Benue ranks the 6th position among states in the country in the implementation of the Federal Government’s social investments programme and added that with sustained support, more would be achieved.