Ortom To Benue People: Recession Imminent, Be Careful Of Reckless Spending

Ortom To Benue People: Recession Imminent, Be Careful Of Reckless Spending

BY HENRY IBYA, MAKURDI

Worried by the enlistment of Benue State among the 26 states of the Federation that would struggle with payment of salaries should the covid-19 pandemic persist, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, has advised Benue people to minimize their spending.

Ortom, who made his feelings public recently expressed concern, most especially that many stronger economies of the world has already shot down Government and more were following suit, emphasizing that the measure of spending less will help the people to contain the likely tough times envisaged since there was yet no known medical solution to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The governor pointed out that economic activities the world over were at a threat,a development which he observed were clear indices of a global recession and appealed to the people to learn from their past experience of 2015 recession.

Ortom, also lamented that the threat pulsed by Covid-19, was more challenging in Benue State as the development was compounded by the herdsmen renewed attacks on Farmers across the state, pointing out that the scenario especially the attacks on Farmers if not checked would lead to food crises in the country and general youths restiveness.

He also noted that current situation of Covid-19 has affected revenue generation of the state, since Benue and other state’s mostly depends on the Federation allocation whose only source of income is from oil, advising that people should exercise self discipline in spending, and also engaged more in agriculture to maximize the benefits of the agro value chain to generate more income and reduce over dependence on oil.

The governor called on the Federal Government to do more in the area of security so that Farmers through their farming activities could contribute their quota to the revenue generation of the country by ensuring that peace return to various communities where insecurity has forced the inhabitants to remain in IDP Camp’s by providing security for them to go back to their homes and resume farming activities now that Covid-19, has once again exposed the danger’s of a mono economy, adding that the action would guarantee food. 


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