Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that three Skills Acquisition Centres built in partnership with the Sustainable Development Goals in the state were ready for use.
He spoke at the opening of a one day workshop on the role of Houses of Assembly in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for legislators in the state.
The event was held at the Banquet Hall of Benue Hotel, in Makurdi today.
“These centres are expected to mop up some of the idle youths that are usually veritable tools for causing crisis and mayhem in the hands of unscrupulous politicians,” he stressed.
The Governor also listed the construction of 42 Primary Health Centers across the state, procurement of six referral vehicles and essential drugs as well as consumables for hospitals in six local government areas and construction of solar powered and seven hand pump boreholes.
Other projects undertaken under the scheme, according to him, include the construction and equipping of seven primary school blocks, distribution of branded exercise books, construction of an Orange Packaging Factory in Ushongo as well as garri processing factories in Ohimini and Agatu in addition to Soyabeans and Sesame threshing and cleaning plants in Tarka and Oju.
He said other interventions included upgrading of schools in Ado and Guma as well as theatre at General Hospital Otukpo.
In her address, Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, noted that Benue State was one of the shinning lights in SDG mainstreaming across the nation adding that the state’s example was showcased as a best practice at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.
In his goodwill message, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Tallon, expressed gladness that the House had passed what he described as the progressive anti-open grazing law to address violence between herders and farmers and work towards agro-pastoral livelihood.