Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has charged the Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to make five million Naira available to each Local Government to enhance their fight against COVID-19.
Governor Ortom stated this today at the Government House Makurdi during the inauguration of Local Government Acting Committees on COVID-19 in Benue.
Chairman of the State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Deputy Governor Engineer Abounu who inaugurated the local government action committee enumerated some of the measures taken to contain the virus.
According to Engineer Abounu, the closure of borders, open markets, night clubs among other measures would prevent the spread of the pandemic and urged the people to strictly adhere to these measures in the interest of the state.
Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse suggested that traditional rulers be part of the Local Government Action Committee and enjoined the government to design palliatives for the people in the face of the impending lock down.
Correspondent Terna Injua reports that the Local Government Action Committee on COVID-19 would be headed by the chairmen of the councils with the second-class chiefs in the area as their deputies.