Benue EXCO approves N50m to ensure complaince with COVID-19 protocols as schools reopen

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Executive Council has approved N50 million to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols as schools reopen for exiting classes on Monday, 4th August, 2020.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi disclosed this to journalists yesterday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi in a briefing after council meeting presided by Governor Samuel Ortom.

Mrs. Addingi also told newsmen that the two days weekly holidays – Thursdays and Fridays given to farmers and civil servants to engage in farming activities ended yesterday, stressing that same would be done during harvesting season.

She stated that EXCO approved the take over of the defunct Lobi Bank building in Makurdi by the Board of Internal Revenue Service as its corporate headquarters in order to vacate the rented apartment it currently occupies, pointing out that the Benue Investment and Property Company, BIPC, was directed to hand over the building to the board.

According to Mrs. Addingi, council also terminated the contract for data development, hotelcom, banks, oil and gas company for enhanced revenue collection in the state.

As part of measures to boost healthcare delivery to people of the state, EXCO also approved the enactment of a law for emergency and medical rescue services.

During the meeting, Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo tendered his resignation letter on personal reasons which was approved by the council and a valedictory session held in his honour.

She stated that Governor Ortom thanked the former health commissioner for his contributions to healthcare delivery in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.