Connect with us

Uncategorized

COVID-19: Kogi slashes budget by N74bn 

Published

on


The Kogi State Executive Council has slashed the state’s 2020 budget from N176 billion to N102 billion.

A statement issued at the end of the council’s weekly meeting in Lokoja on Thursday said that the budget was slashed by N74 billion in view of the global economic downturn occasioned by COVID-19.

The statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, said that the move would also enhance budget performance and implementation.

According to Mr Fanwo, the council also approved the release N1.4 billion for the takeoff of the Kogi State Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme.

“The fund is for the improvement of Cassava production and Aqua-Culture.

“The state government resolved to use agriculture to navigate through the impending economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world,” the statement said.

Mr Fanwo further stated that the council charged the state’s Economic Team to immediately swing into action and come up with modalities for the agricultural revolution programme of the State.

He said that the council also approved immediate deployment of the Kogi Open Governance and Accountability System, KOGAS.

“The KOGAS is a platform that will bring Government Officials to public accountability and breed grassroots participation in governance.

“The System is to be operated and managed by the Kogi State Ministry of Information and Communication,” the statement said.

He also stated that the council approved the formation of Press and Information Clubs in all state-owned secondary and tertiary institutions.

The Commissioner said that the best among members of the clubs would be attached to the state-owned Confluence Radio as guest broadcasters and Graphic newspapers.

“This is to make clubs springboard for responsible journalism and grassroots sensitization,” he stated.

He said that the council approved a major overhaul of the Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation to make it function optimally.

“The council approved a Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement for the resuscitation of Confluence Express Transport as well as Kogi Water Transportation Initiative.

“A process to put the Lokoja Mega Terminal into use was also approved by the council.

“Having been completed, it is expedient to immediately set the process of using it in motion, to help the state improve its transportation administration and also generate revenue,’ he stated.

NAN

Governor Yahaya Bello

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

TRENDING

Uncategorized1 week ago

2022 World Cup: Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1

Saudi Arabia recorded the first major upset of the World Cup as they beat Argentina 2-1 in their opening game...

Politics1 week ago

2023: Lai Mohammed accuses opposition parties of using fake news in campaigns against APC

The Federal Government has accused opposition parties of using fake news and disinformation to prosecute the campaigns towards the 2023...

Foreign News2 weeks ago

Twitter Restores Donald Trump’s Account

Microblogging service Twitter has reinstated former United States President Donald Trump’s account.  The account was restored after Twitter’s new owner...

Sabinus Sabinus
Entertainment2 weeks ago

How Sabinus scammed me of N2m – Event planner cries out

An event planner, Johnbosco Ezeuchegbu aka Crazylegs, on Friday called out a popular comedian, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, also known as Sabinus,...

News2 weeks ago

Identity Of Humanitarian Worker Killed By Trigger-Happy Soldier Revealed

The identity of the humanitarian worker shot by a soldier in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State has been...

Foreign News2 weeks ago

Ghana finance minister apologises for economic hardship

Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on Friday said he was “truly sorry” for the country’s economic hardships but defended himself...

News2 weeks ago

Youth minister confirms sack of NYSC DG

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has confirmed the removal of the Director-General of the National Youth...

News2 weeks ago

Naira redesign: Give us more time – Miyetti Allah cries out to CBN

The leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MCBAN, South-East Chapter, has appealed to the Central Bank of...

Politics2 weeks ago

We’ll dialogue with IPOB, others – Tinubu

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said his government will discuss with all agitating groups...

News2 weeks ago

Buhari fires DG NYSC 6 months after assuming office

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate removal of Brigadier-General Muhammad Kukah Fadah, from office as the Director General of...

Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2018 Daily correspondents