Benue State House Of Assembly Approves Governor Samuel Ortom’s Request To Borrow N10 Billion To Resolve Fiscal Problems.
John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue State House of Assembly yesterday approved the request sent by Governor Samuel Ortom to borrow the sum of N10 billion, to enable him pay salary and settle other problems. A letter signed by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Targema Takema, read during the plenary, sought the house to approve the state executive to borrow the sum of N10 billion and indicated that the State governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom inherited an empty treasury.
According to the letter which was read by Speaker, Mr.Terkimbi Ikyange, “ because of non-payment of salaries, many state owned agencies were on strike thereby grounding government activities.” It further explained that the funds to be borrowed would enable the executive to embark on projects and to pay salaries in order to move the state forward, adding that it would also assist accreditation of the College of Health Sciences of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi.
In his remarks, Mr. Benjamin Adanyi, member representing Makurdi North state constituency (APC) lamented that members of the 7th assembly were unable to collect their severance package because the state treasury was empty. While saying government cannot do any meaningful development with an empty treasury, Adanyi enjoined his colleagues to look at the request dispassionately, and consider it without sentiments of any sort. Also contributing, Mr. Joseph Ojobo, member representing Ogbadibo state constituency under PDP lamented that non-payment of salaries almost cost him his re-election bid. He also admonished government to reduce borrowing and fashion out ways that could assist them step up internally generated revenue to complement the federal allocation.