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Governor Samuel Ortom has announced that the state government would harness comprehensive sources of internally generated revenue to ensure funding and implementation of the 2017 budget.
He made the disclosure yesterday at the opening of a three day budget retreat organized for House of Assembly members at the Obudu Mountain Resort.
The Governor explained that revenue sources that were not identified by Ministries, Departments and Agencies during the implementation of the previous budget have been identified and targets set to ensure funding sustainability.
He maintained that this year's budget estimate was prepared in line with the approved International Public Sector Accounting Standards accrual format which he said is a requirement for the state to access Federal Government funding.
The Governor urged the assembly members to have fruitful deliberations during the retreat to prepare them for speedy consideration and passage of the budget.
In his remarks, Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange, commended Governor Ortom for facilitating the retreat and for always supporting the training of the lawmakers to sharpen their legislative skills.
He assured that the purpose of the retreat would be fully utilised and appealed to members not only to be realistic during the deliberations but to avoid using the exercise as an avenue for confrontation with the executive.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Tinker Business Services, organizers of the retreat, Mr. Hyacinth Nyakuma, said resource persons were carefully selected to deepen the knowledge of members on the budget process.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today announced that his administration has facilitated the graduation of 152 medical doctors from the College of Health Sciences of the Benue State University, since assumption of office.
He spoke when the fourth set of doctors from the institution visited him at the Benue Peoples House.
Governor Ortom stated that the first set comprised 40 doctors, the second 27, the third 44 with the fourth set that visited producing 41, bringing the total to 152.
He also announced the approval and release of N3.7 million for the registration of each of the fresh graduates with the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria.
The Governor commended the staff, management and students of the Benue State University for what he described as the milestones recorded in spite of the current economic challenges adding that his passion for education has made him to place the institution top of his priority list.
He said the payment of accreditation requirements by his administration in the face of lean resources paved way for the graduation of the doctors who had stagnated at the school for up to 12 years.
Leader of the delegation, Dr. Ashimom Timothy Msughter, stated that the set had come to express appreciation to Governor Ortom for his role in their graduation.
“Upon assumption of office he took upon himself to ensure that the monster of stagnation was defeated, within five months in office, he provided all that was needed to secure the last accreditation without which graduation would have remained an empty dream,” he stated.
“Today, like one of the colleagues rightly described it, Benue State is ‘bleeding’ doctors; we have achieved the impossible. Within 14 months the College has graduated four sets of medical doctors, the last three coming within one year, a feat which no other medical school in this country has ever achieved.”
The Governors of Benue and Nasarawa states, Samuel Ortom and Tanko Al-Makura yesterday announced plans to visit Agatu local government area next week as part of peace building and reconciliation efforts.
They made the disclosure after a joint Security Council meeting of the two states at the New Banquet Hall of the Peoples House in Makurdi.
The visit was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, January 18th and 19th, 2017.