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COVID-19: Kogi Govt. slashes 2020 budget

Kogi state Government is to establish the State Water Transportation Agency.

Furthermore, the state 2020 budget has been revised from 176 billion to 102 billion naira.

These were some of the approvals made during the State Executive Council Meeting held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Lokoja.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Kogi State Commissioner for Transportation, Baron Joseph Okwoli explained that the Transport Agency when established would help facilitate effective water transport system in the state as nine local councils were blessed with rivers that traversed neighbouring states.

He said ” We have up to nine Local government areas in Kogi state that run across the waterways of the Niger and Benue rivers through to Makurdi in Benue state down to Onitsha in Anambra state and to Port Harcourt. This sector of the transportation had been dormant”.

According to Mr Okwoli, when put into proper use, the waterways would help reduce pressure on the state roads.

The Commissioner announced that the State Mega Terminal, Lokoja which had been completed for some years now would soon take off.

Also briefing newsmen, Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Ashiru Idris disclosed that the year 2020 budget of Prosperity has been revised from 176 billion naira.

The revised budget of 102,675,058,888 billion naira according to Ashiru was recommended by the state Finance Committee to reflect the current economic realities due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

Also briefing newsmen, Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communication Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said council approved the overhaul of the State Broadcasting Corporation for optimal performance.

“Council approved the general resuscitation of the Corporation with the hope of ensuring that we keep in touch with the people”, he said.

Fanwo added that Council approved full implementation of Kogi State Open Governance and Accountability System KOGAS which is meant to ensure accountability by government officials.

Ohikwo Mohammed/Kogi

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