Benue Assembly Approves N3.5bn Loan Request From Ortom


Benue Governor Samuel Ortom

The N3.5 billion loan request by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has been approved by the state House of Assembly.

The house approved the loan on Tuesday at plenary after reading a letter from the governor.

Ortom, in the letter, had asked the assembly to approve the loan to be taken from the United Bank for Africa for electrification and road construction across the state.

Moving a motion for the approval, the Deputy Speaker, Egli Ahubi (PDP/Otukpo/Akpa) lamented the deplorable state of the states roads which he described as death traps.

Ahubi, therefore, urged his colleagues to agree to the speedy approval of the contracts funds.

He, however, appealed to the state government to judiciously use the money and not misappropriate it.

Deputy Majority Leader, Alhaji Sule Audu (PDP/Agatu) seconded the motion, saying that the loan should be approved for the benefit of Benue people.

In his contribution, the Majority Leader, Avine Agbum (PDP/Makurdi North) said that most of the projects which the loan would be used for were captured in the budget so there was no need delaying the approval.

The Speaker, Titus Uba, in his ruling, said that the house approved the loan request from UBA to facilitate the projects.

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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through-and-through Chelsea FC fan.

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