Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom is to present 2021 budget proposal to the state House of Assembly on Thursday this week.
State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Mrs Ngunan Addingi made this known to journalists today at Government House Makurdi shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting presided over by Governor Ortom.
“The fiscal year for 2020 is about to end, so we have to prepare for another budget for 2021. Hopefully, I will have all the figures together when it is presented on Thursday, I will make another announcement about it”, she stated.
According to the Information Commissioner SEC also approved Fridays as work free days beginning from the 6th of November, 2020 to 29th January, 2021 while resumption of work for complete weeks will be on 5th February, 2020. She said the decision was taken to enable Benue workers harvest their crops to ensure food security to forestall imminent hunger occasioned by Covid-19 and flood.
She explained to newsmen that SEC also clarified the issue of a Benue state Government vehicle found in Kano state.
“A matter came out that a vehicle was found in Kano. The vehicle was boarded to BERWASA and sold there. Part of the laws of boarding and auction is that when you buy these vehicles, the people are supposed to clean whatever has been written on it and this person who bought the vehicle didn’t clean it. He hurriedly went and fixed and put in the market with regards selling it. The Government has no hand in it. The government actually frowned at that kind of behavior and asked the ministry of Finance to look into that matter so that next time any vehicle is boarded, they will ensure that that printing bearing government documentation and name is erased before they take it out”.
According to the Commissioner, SEC also approved the launch of Benue TV on Satellite to mitigate the challenge of people having to watch it on their phones and using data. Hon. Addingi said modalities were being worked out and the public will be informed about the connection of the TV to the satellite soon.
She added that SEC invited people with cases of police brutality to submit their memos to the Committee of enquiry set up by the state government .