Thursday, 6 July 2017

UN Delegation Visit Benue, Pledge To Fund More Projects

Benue State government has allocated Four billion Naira in this year's budget to support the United Nations programmes in the State.

Governor Samuel Ortom announced this on Wednesday when he received at the Benue Peoples House,Makurdi a UN delegation led by the Country Representative, Mr.Edward Kallon on a courtesy call on him.

He explained that his administration had paid a counterpart contribution of one billion naira even in the face of dwindling economic fortunes and expressed the willingness of government to host more UN's programmes to complement its development efforts.

The Governor also requested the UN to provide technical support towards integrating the SDGs in the plan of Local governments and consider UNDAF project in the agricultural value chain as well as support implementation of to security.

Earlier,the UN's Country Representative, Mr.Kallon announced the Organisation's plan to work with the State Government towards mobilising International Development Partners to set up a trust fund to assist it to sustain peace and security.

Mr.Kallon who led a delegation of the UN comprising UNDP, UNICEF and UNHCR on advocacy visit to the Governor,stated that peace and security were key to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals which the UN would help Benue to achieve,saying the trust fund would also complement government's efforts at providing services to the people.

He lamented the spate of destruction caused the state by recurring crisis between herdsmen and farmers and assured that the Organisation would step up monitoring of violations of human rights in order to hold those who are culpable of such violation accountable for them.

The UN Country Representative encouraged the state Government to provide the necessary assistance to those who have been displaced by the crisis maintaining that the UN in turn would assist in the implementation of the amnesty programme, especially helping those who submitted arms to development alternative sources of livelihood.

By Charles Iornumbe

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