Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has disclosed that his administration has granted N1.5 billion to faith based organisations in the state to support them in school, health and agricultural projects designed to meet the needs of the people.
Governor Ortom who made the disclosure during the annual harvest and thanksgiving service at NKST Church, Sai, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state, said the move was in line with his administration's commitment to collaborating with various development partners as government alone could no longer solve all the problems of the people.
Recalling the vital role previously played in the state by the Church particularly in the areas of education and healthcare, he said the faith based organisations had been given N500 million for the school projects, N500 million for the establishment of health centres and N500 million for the agricultural projects in different parts of the state.
The Governor reiterated the resolve of the present administration to always execute projects that could have direct bearing on the lives of the people. He said the twelve road projects he recently approved for construction were part of the larger infrastructure development plan of his administration, giving assurance that more of such contracts will soon be awarded.
"Our administration believes in keeping promises and as I told the people of the state on the day I was sworn-in, we will continue to embark on people-oriented projects while executing the ones awarded by the previous administration but were abandoned", he stated.
Governor Ortom said Benue State will overcome the current economic challenges and the people will have cause to rejoice and thank God, saying that accountability will remain the hallmark of his administration as it moves to recover funds stolen from the state.
"I swore to be transparent and on that pledge I stand. We are committed to seeing that all looted funds are recovered. I am also ready to be probed after my tenure, he stressed.
Governor Ortom said assets fraudulently acquired by those trusted with public offices in the past will be confiscated.
He urged civil servants in the state to go into agriculture to complement their salaries, stating that his administration has paid pensioners their entitlements up to the month of February.
Also speaking, the member representing Katsina-Ala/Logo/Ukum Federal Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Udende, promised to speak to the Inspector-General of Police on the police barracks in Sai with the hope of having the project completed.
He said the dwindling economy of the country called for prudence on the part of the government and the people. Hon. Udende commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Samuel Ortom for taking proactive steps to address the challenges facing the people.
Earlier, NKST President, Rev. Dr. Ayohol Ate, thanked Governor Ortom for approving the construction of road projects in different parts of the state and called on the Governor to address the Sankera-Ayati-Sai road and provide other amenities in the area.

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