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Process to unfreeze Benue government accounts ongoing, says Hyacinth Alia

Hyacinth Alia, governor of Benue state Hyacinth Alia, governor of Benue state

Hyacinth Alia, governor of Benue, has directed the ministry of finance in the state to put measures in place toward removing all restrictions on government accounts.

Last year, after taking the oath of office, Alia directed temporary restrictions on all state government accounts.

The decision was taken to protect government assets and to instill accountability within the rank and file, he said.

Tersoo Kula, media aide to the Benue governor, in a statement on Friday, said the move saved the state plenty of resources.

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“This singular move saved the state a lot of money, freeing up much-needed resources for use in the interest of Benue people. We are grateful for the understanding and support of the civil service and the good people of our dear state,” Kula said.

“On attainment of the objectives set by the government before the commencement of this policy, the Governor recently instructed the Ministry of Finance to put measures in place to remove all restrictions placed on accounts. This action is ongoing and will be completed as soon as possible.

“The Ministry of Finance will be providing updates on this and other matters relating to fiscal responsibility, public procurement and financial reporting to the public soon.”

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Kula further said his principal has constituted a committee to review the minimum wage paid to workers in the state and make recommendations.

“In another positive development, the Executive Governor of Benue state, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has constituted a committee to review the minimum wage and make recommendations to the government,” he added.

“The committee is headed by the Secretary to the state government, with the Head of Service and several heads of MDAs as members. The committee has since held its inaugural meeting and will be collaborating with organized labour.

“The government of Benue state is conscious of the economic challenges the nation is experiencing and will do its best to provide its citizens succour in the prevailing circumstances.”

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