Benue State Govt Takes Hawkers Off Streets, Issues Quit Notice To Illegal Shop Owners

Benue State Executive Council, EXCO, Wednesday ordered street hawkers around Wurukum Market to vacate their positions or risk losing their wares.
Exco also directed traders occupying makeshift shops along Swange Cinema road at Wurukum Market to relocate or face demolition and destruction of their wares.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Mrs Ngunan Addingi who conveyed these directives while briefing journalists after Wednesday EXCO meeting said the affected persons are to move to the Makurdi International Market where there are shops for occupation.
According to Hon. Addingi, council directed shop allotees at the Makurdi International Market to complete their payments within one month or risk revocation of same.
She said EXCO also approved the constitution of a committee headed by Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to consider submissions of the last Benue Youth Summit for possible implementation in order to include youths in the economic and administrative affairs of the state.
The committee also has Commissioners for Finance and Economic Planning, Industries and Cooperatives, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information, Culture and Tourism, Youths and Sports, Science and Technology, Rural Development as well as Trade and Investment as members.
She added that Director of EXCO is to serve as Secretary of the committee while Special Advisers for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Economic Planning as well as that of Project Monitoring and Evaluation and the Director General Planning Commission are also members.
Chairman, secretary and Subcommittee chairmen of the Youth Summit are to meet with the SSG-led committee at a later date to deliberate on the summit report.
Hon. Mrs Addingi, Benue State Comm. For Information, Culture and Tourism briefing journalists shortly after Wednesday EXCO meeting
Fielding questions from journalists on the response of Benue people to Covid-19 vaccine, the Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner said over 4,000 persons have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the State.
L-R: Benue SSG Prof. Tony Ijohor, Gov. Samuel Ortom, Dept Gov. Engr Benson Abounu & Head of Service Mrs Veronica Onyeke during the meeting
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