<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
On-going construction projects being undertaken by the Governor Samuel Ortom administration in Ukum, Ushongo and Kwande local government areas in Benue State have excited the target beneficiaries.
The Zaki-Biam – Afia – Gbeji road in Ukum as well as the Millennium Development Goals/Sustainable Development Goals in Ushongo and Kwande are some of the projects.
Residents of communities through which the road passes expressed happiness that Governor Ortom has ensured resumption of work on the abandoned road and rekindled hope that the project would be completed.
Those who spoke including Terwase Orngu, and Joseph Meer at Ingira settlement of Ukum local government area said farm produce is being easily transported from the areas to Zaki-Biam market while residents of the community can link up with other parts of the council without difficulties.
A staff of the contractors, Dantata and Sawoe, Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu, disclosed that work on the project which had slowed because of the rains would resume fully this week and be completed in November 2016.
The N10 billion infrastructure facility obtained from the Federal Government has enabled the resumption of work on abandoned roads across the state and construction of two new ones by the Ortom administration.
In Ushongo local government area, the District Head of Mbayegh, Chief Nathaniel Hoyo, expressed gratitude for the Primary Health Care Centre and motorised borehole at Gbatse as well as the Orange processing factory in his council ward.
He said Governor Ortom has also commenced the extension of electricity from Ushongo Town to Kpor settlement and urged him to sustain the tempo.
In Gube, headquarters of Usar council ward in Kwande local government area, the District Head and third class traditional ruler, Chief Tivlumun Ako Shande, stated that the solar-powered borehole at the Primary Health Care in the area has already eased the problems of water supply for residents.
He expressed gratitude to the Governor for the project and appealed for the quick completion of the health centre as well as extention of electricity to the clinic.
The MDG/SDG projects are being undertaken upon the payment of N1.2 billion counterpart funding by the Benue State government which made it possible for it to access a total of N2.4 billion for the conditional grant scheme projects in more than 30 communities across the state.
Governor Ortom had obtained a loan of N5.5 billion to pay and obtain counterpart funding from development partners including the SDGS and the Universal Basic Education Commission.