By Brenda Agba
Following approval from the State Executive Council (SEC), the Benue State Government is to construct two overhead bridges in Makurdi, the state capital.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Executive Governor of Benue State, Tersoo Kula made this known Thursday while briefing journalists at Government House Makurdi on the resolutions reached at the end of the SEC meeting.
According to Kula, the State Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development has already been directed to work out modalities for the award of contracts for the two bridges which are to be constructed at the Wurukum and High-Level Roundabouts.
The CPS also disclosed that the Benue State Government is set to establish the Benue Public Service Institute (BPSI) which will be saddled with the responsibility of training and re-training Civil Servants for optimal performance.
Kula explained that the Benue State Staff Development Center was created to train a certain category of Local Government Civil Servants and not State Civil Servants adding that for over thirty years, most civil servants have not received any form of training making it necessary to establish the Institute which will also be the coordinating body for the State Civil Service Promotion Examinations.
Speaking further, Kula stated that SEC also appreciated Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima over his recent visit to Benue noting that he made many positive pronouncements which according to them, was an indication that many good things will come to Benue.
The CPS further revealed that SEC also approved the restructuring of seven ministries in sync with what is obtainable at the federal level to enable the state move in speed with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
The restructured ministries include: Ministry of Works and Housing now Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development; Ministry of ICT and Digital Economy now Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy; Ministry of Cooperatives, Urban and Rural Development now Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development; Ministry of Power and Transport now Ministry of Power, Renewable Energy and Transport; Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning now Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources now Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security; Ministry of Trade and Industry now Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Note that the restructuring includes staffing and responsibilities.
Meanwhile, SEC also approved the construction of three major rural roads, one in each of the three Senatorial Districts.
However, Makurdi, the Benue State capital is to be exempted
in considering the major rural road to be constructed in Zone B.