Here Are The Major Round-Up Of News From Benue State Today,
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Benue State chapter, has revealed why Governor Samuel Ortom was voted for a second term in office because of his manner of handling the issues of unpaid salaries in the state.
Naija News understands that the Chairman of the Council, Godwin Anya disclosed this during his speech to mark Workers’ day in Makurdi on Wednesday.He explained that it would also be easier to tackle the issue of unpaid salaries with the Ortom administration rather than another government.
A gas explosion has reportedly killed two students of the Benue State University Makurdi on Monday, April 29th, 2019.
Naija News learnt that the students who are yet to be identified died after sustaining serious injuries as a result of the direct effect of an explosion which occurred at Bolek fueling station, opposite the institution’s College of Health Sciences.
Meanwhile, In another development, The Senate has directed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelemah; and the acting Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Terhemba Nongo, to return N14.3bn to the purse of the Federal Government.
The Benue State Government has promised all contractors handling its road projects in the Sankera area of the state that adequate security will be provided to enable them to return to the site to complete the ongoing construction. Naija News learnt commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Hon. Emmanuel Manger, gave the assurance today in Katsina-Ala during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in the area.
Mr. Manger who was accompanied by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects Monitoring and Evaluation, Alhaji Isa Usman, said the State Government would address perceived cases of insecurity in the affected areas to ensure the safety of workers and equipment.
The Benue state government has agreed to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage to its workers. Naija News understands that the governor made the promise while speaking at the 2019 workers day celebration in Makurdi earlier today.
Governor Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, said that workers’ welfare would be his utmost priority in his second tenure as the governor of Benue. The Governor also said that the government would soon meet with the labour body in the state to look into the implementation of the new minimum wage.Expressing gratitude to workers for returning him for the second time despite the nonpayment of salaries, which almost destroyed his first tenure in office.