John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Participant of Benue Youth Carnival yesterday took to the streets of Makurdi the Benue state capital protesting non payment of their allowance.
The youths who marched to the government house blocked the entrance into the seat of power for more than two hours preventing visitors and staff from going in and coming out of the place.
The youths had been preparing for weeks for the grand finale of the carnival which was supposed to hold yesterday but they were shock to be told by their coordinators that government did not released money which was supposed to be used to offset their allowance.
Benue youth carnival which was started by the past administration more than seven years ago usually held between Christmas and new year celebration and attracted participants mostly youths from all over the state and even beyond.
One of the group leaders who spoke to THE UNION expressed worry over the turn in events saying since the beginning of the carnival in the state over seven years ago they have never had this kind of experience.
He said what they needed was only N6 million to be shared among participants as transportation allowance to enable them return to their various houses after the event.
Addressing leaders of the participating groups commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Barr. Michael Gusa, said government was not aware of any event like that and did see any proposal about the event sent before them for consideration.
He however pleaded with the youths to remain calm that government will immediately sought for funds to offset their allowance to enable them successfully complete the event.
“The governor is not aware of the event and has no knowledge of the requirements for organising the event, but has however expressed worry over the suffering the youths have passed through in making the carnival a success,” he noted.