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My first achievement in office is security-Ayua

The Executive Chairman, Ukum Local Government Council, Hon. Ayua, Stevie Terwase says his administration has recorded restoration of peace in Ukum Local Government Council as his first and major achievement.

The Chairman stated this yesterday in his Official Lodge, Sankera when he was addressing officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Benue State Council who paid courtesy call on him.

He said that since he became Chairman of Ukum Local Government four months ago, there has never been any incidences of gunshots, kidnapping and other forms of banditry largely because of the way he has engaged and accommodated the youths to see the need to embrace peace.

Hon. Ayua said that he has no choice but to succeed because of the fact that his professional constituency, the Media is monitoring him and as such he would justify their scrutiny of public offices by way of performance.

He said that some state and federal government agencies that were afraid to come to Ukum Local Government for work like the National Bureau of Statistics and the CBN-controlled NIRSAL Loan programme have since resumed.

Earlier, the Benue State NUJ Chairman, Mrs Veronica Yina said that they were in the Chairman’s Lodge to formally congratulate him on his election, saying that the Chairman should endeavour to revolutionalise agriculture in the local government to give rea valour to the farmers.

Mrs Yina also solicited for support for NUJ programmes and activities.

In another development, the Chairman, Ukum Local Government, Hon. Ayua says he will improve on revenue generation profile of the local government.

The Chairman made this known when he hosted officials of Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission who were in his Lodge for a courtesy call.

He thanked them for the visit and sued for close collaboration with the federal agency.

In her remarks, the leader of the delegation, Mrs Brenda Apine said that they were in Ukum Local Government to carry out market survey of the agricultural products in the local government.

She said that it became imperative for the local government to be reflecting their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the commission to see inorder to increase the federal allocation to the local government, noting that drops in IGR in Ukum Local Government affects revenue generation profile of the entire Benue State.

The Director General Services and Administration (DGSA), in his vote of thanks commended the Commission for the visit, saying the local government will take the information collected seriously.

Timothy Vihimga,
Special Assistant on Media to the Chairman.

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