Benue Spends 8.2 Billion on Electricity projects

Posted: September 28, 2013 in BENUE, makurdi, political, Uncategorized
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… 1.3 on opening of roads

The Benue state Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Mr Aondowase Chia has hinted that the state government committed N8.2billion on 147 electricity projects while N1.3billion has been spent on the opening up of roads.

According to him,  44 of the electricity projects have been commissioned, 31 waiting commissioning while 35 are ongoing and 37 awaiting mobilization.

Mr. Chia lamented the vandalism of some of these projects which huge sums of money have been spent on, stressing that the development was unfair to the government and the people of the state.

He, therefore, called on newsmen to sensitize the public on the danger the development which he described as unproductive and retrogressive posed to development in the state, warning that the ministry would not hesitate to punish culprits.

In a related development, the State government has gone into partnership with International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD and the Federal Government on a 7-year Rural Finance Institutions Building programme, RUFIN.

This according to the commissioner is to encourage rural capital formation as well as create access to loans from village saving institutions.

To facilitate the programme, Mr Chia said government has released the sum of N12million as counterpart contribution for 2011 while N24million has been approved to cover 2012 and 2013.

He further intimated that RUFIN operational vehicles and equipment have been commissioned and distributed to three participating local government areas of Apa, Gwer West and Logo.


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