Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has assured the determination of the state government to work assiduously to increase the Internal Generated Revenue, IGR.
Ortom, who gave the assurance during an interface with newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital at the weekend, said the situation where the state was generating only N250 million per month was unacceptable and everything necessary would be done to ensure that the IGR was increased to N2 billion per month.
The governor said he had met with consultants to ensure that loopholes were blocked to ensure increased revenue.
On the issue of salary owed civil servants across the country, the governor said the president, Muhammadu Buhari has during the inauguration of the national economic council set up a committee to look at it, adding that all revenues generated at the national level would henceforth be paid into a consolidated account based on the President’s order.
He reiterated his determination to attract investors to the state, maintaining that it would not be a difficult task for him to do since he had severally done that when he was minister of state, industry, trade and investment.
Ortom therefore implored herders and farmers who had been engrossed in crisis across the state to reconcile their differences since investors would not want to invest in an environment of chaos and uncertainty.
He said he has met with the Tor Tiv, Alfred Akawe Torkula and other traditional rulers in the state who he said will better pass the gospel of peace and reconciliation, stressing “it is a war where no one will be victorious.”
On the issue of the N10 billion loan the state secured from the banks, the governor said the money was not exclusively for the payment of salary but other issues like take off of government, the legislature and other critical areas, including accreditation processes for medical students at the state owned university.
The governor who also reacted to questions on the nomination of commissioners debunked speculations that the former senate minority leader, Senator George Akume hijacked the process, stating that those who emerged where chosen by leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state while other positions went to technocrats.
While seeking the partnership of the media for his government to succeed, the governor also enjoined media men to engage in constructive criticism, stressing “as one of you, if I fail it means you have also failed.


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