Benue State Executive Council has extended the Friday weekly public holiday till end of August 2016, to enable relevant categories of workers to go to farm.
The decision which was taken to extend the holiday by the exco at its meeting on Thursday was a response to popular demand buoyed by the importance the Council has attached to farming.
To this end, all sons and daughters of the state were enjoined to take farming seriously, as a way to get the state out of its economic woes as well as boost food production.
The state governor and chairman of the exco, Samuel Ortom, who particularly stressed the need for increased farming activities, also in his opening remark welcomed the exco's new acting director, Mr Geraga B.A., while also commending the outgoing director , Mr. Boniface Nyakor who has been elevated to permanent secretary position.
He tasked every exco member to do the right thing at all times even as he urged them to ensure they follow due process.
Meanwhile, in view of the rising increase in salaries and wages despite continuous retirements in the civil service, the exco has enjoined members to take the issue of payroll authentication in MDAs seriously, no matter how long it takes, urging them to ensure they persevere to get it right.
Statement  Signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation Hon Odeh Ageh,the Council also directed the Head of Service, Adaikwu Inwata, to compile the list of acting directors with a view to converting the deserrving ones to substantive position of directors.
The council directed thr ministry of housing and urban development to take necessary steps to stop encroachment on the permenent site of the Government Girl Secondary School at Judges Quarters.
Commissioners for Work , Transport and Energy, Artoney General and Comissioner for Justice and S.A to Governor on Rural Development were mandated to compile the list of transformers procured by the state and their cost implications with a view to submitting same to the federal Ministry of Housing and Power for necessary action.
The existing exco committee on BIRS has been expanded and mandated to continually look at all aspects of tax collections in line with tax laws, to make the regime wear human face.
The Council also mandated its members to find out the level of fertiliser distribution in their localities with a view to addressing any issue that would hamper smooth distribution of the product to farmers.
The exco also directed that the N200million budget support fund should be applied for the monthly payment of pension for retirees.
It mandated the Commissioner for Finance to liaise with the CBN, DMO and other relevant institutions to ascertain what is due as the refund to the state from Paris Club.
Similarly, the finance commissioner is to find out which payment has been made from Paris Club and how it has been channeled and utilised.

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