Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has introduced a novelty to combat the downturn of the nation’s economy, by declaring Fridays work free day to enable civil servants in the state till the land in order to augment their meagre salaries, which may not come at the end of month henceforth.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Odeh Ageh, who made the announcement yesterday, said the work free day was approved by the 16th session of the State Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom.
The work-free day which commenced today, Friday, 10th June would last till the end of July, 2016 and is aimed at helping as many workers as possible produce food to feed their families in the current economic downturn which has made the regular payment of salaries a major challenge.
The Commissioner also announced that the governor would take the lead by going on a two-week vacation as part of his annual leave as from Monday, June 13 to work on his farm while the deputy governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, would act in his absence.
The State’s Executive Council has also approved the interdiction of the Special Adviser on Special Duties, Architect Joseph Kyaagba, who is being investigated in connection with the murder of the Senior Special Assistant on Special Security, late Denen Igbana. Thus, it has directed the Special Adviser on Economic Matters, Dr. Bem Mellabu, to oversee the office of Special Duties in addition to his portfolio.
At the meeting, the council also approved the appointment of the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Martha Hembadoon Igbana, as a Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Relations. Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies were also directed to submit reports on their achievements and challenges in the last one year to the council secretariat.