Governor Samuel Ortom has assured that his administration would always pay its counterpart funding for execution of various United Nation’s programmes in Benue State.
He gave the assurance in Makurdi today while receiving the UN country team that visited him, saying he would insist that due process and accountability is adhered to in all transactions in line with his government’s zero tolerance for corruption.
The Governor acknowledged the UN support to the state over the years in the area of sanitation, hygiene and water projects as well as reproductive health among others.
He commended the UN team for donating three Hilux vans and six motorcycles procured by DFID and UNICEF to enhance their operation in Katsina-Ala, Buruku and Obi local government areas, saying the decision of the UN Country team to host their retreat in Makurdi was also a welcome development.
Earlier, the UN resident Coordinator, Mr. Daouda Toure, said the UN had a long standing partnership for implementation of projects with the state for the attainment of national development aspirations towards the realization of the millennium development goals and other internationally agreed development framework.
The UN resident Coordinator who said the UN technical and financial support to Benue State have been increasing over the years, however expressed concern over the nonpayment of counterpart funding which he said has affected some support from partners in the State and called on Governor Ortom to take prompt actions in this regard.
The UN country team which is in the State for the 2015 retreat donated three Toyota Hilux pickup vehicles and six Honda motorcycles to strengthen water and sanitation project in the State.
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