Members of the Benue State House of Assembly have given their nod to the request of Governor Samuel Ortom to borrow N10billion to keep his administration running.
Their decision followed the governor’s request for the facility to enable him pay workers’ salaries and attend to other pressing state matters.
Hon. Joseph Ojobo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, moved the motion after contributions on the request by members and was seconded by Ianna Jato, also of the PDP.
Jato said his support for the motion was premised on the ground that even the just passed 2015 Budget has provision for deficit funding.
He however cautioned against “borrowing as was the case with the out-gone government,” and urged Governor Ortom to devise other means of generating revenue.
Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, thanked members of the House for the action.
In an interaction with journalists after the session, Bem Mngutyo (APC), Tarka State Constituency, said the decision was to enable government move forward.
Hon. Mngutyo, a former chairman of the Benue State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, said: “Ours is to see how the government can move forward. The state is in a precarious situation and salaries are not paid.”
He noted that “even if borrowing is not the best approach, it is pertinent to know that the best thing to do now is to borrow. Perhaps, we can step up ways of Internally-Generated Revenue, IGR, because our situation seems to be worst than states that are newly created.”

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