Thursday, 10 September 2015

Benue to Invest in programme that will positively change the values and orientation of the people

The fifth meeting of the Benue State Executive Council (Exco) resolved yesterday to set up a committee to draw up a comprehensive framework for the implementation of a programme that will positively change the values and orientation of the people.

The council, presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom, took the decision while accepting a memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Information and Orientation.

It noted that the programme should be multi-sectoral and involve many stakeholders to deliver its goals.

The committee has the Commissioner of Information and Orientation as chairman; his colleagues in the ministries of Arts, Culture and Tourism; Industry, Trade and Investment; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Youth and Sports, as well as Women Affairs.

Also on the committee are: Special Advisers on Ethics and Value Orientation, Media and ICT; Politics, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Small and Medium Enterprises; Labour and Employment as well as Religion and civil society organisations (CSOs).

The council directed the other Exco committees already set up on various issues to submit their reports on or before the next meeting for action to begin on them.

It reiterated that prominent indigenes would be hosted at a meeting on September 18, when the governor would brief them on his activities since assumption of office and give posthumous honours to the late Governors Aper Aka and Moses Adasu.

The council also resolved to hold a special retreat to by addressed by Gbile Akanni, a renowned Gboko-based Bible teacher next Monday and Tuesday.

The meeting directed the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to address the media on the state of affairs at the Bureau on the challenges with payment of salaries at the local government level.

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