2021: Uzodimma presents appropriate bill of N346.1bn to Imo Assembly


Governor Hope Uzodimma has presented an appropriation bill of N346.169 billion to the Imo State House of Assembly for 

Residents of the Agboughul area of Makurdi in Benue State, have discovered the corpses of a lawyer, Barrister Udam, and his wife, Nkechi brutally murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

NATIONAL PANEL learnt that apart from the two, a third person identified as Elder Nyikyor Mazugu was also murdered while three people are being treated for severe injuries sustained during the attack.

 According to the Sahara Reporters, the lawyer and his wife were murdered in their apartment within the area.

 Udam, was a Managing Partner at Orkar, Udam and Associates (Attorneys and Legal Consultants), and his wife were reportedly slaughtered on Tuesday night.

According to the Sahara Reporters, Udam, was a Managing Partner at Orkar, Udam and Associates (Attorneys and Legal Consultants), and his wife were reportedly slaughtered on Tuesday night.

It was also gathered that their corpses had cuts on the head and necks.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said the state under his watch would not succumb to attacks by “terrorists whether they are jihadists or militia herders whose sole target is the occupation of the state and destruction of lives and property.”

The governor made this position known while addressing journalists when he visited the scene of herders’ attack on Agboughul community. 

He stated that the pattern of the attack and killings barely four days after a similar incident at Tse-Angbande was unfortunate and bore the handwriting of mindless jihadists who had set out to overrun the state.

The governor noted that the series of attacks was a grand plan to whittle down operations of Livestock Guards and Agro Rangers who are doing very well in containing attacks on communities and enforcing the ranching law of the state.

Ortom lamented that developed climes globally with a higher number of cattle compared to Nigeria have no cases of conflicts between herders and farmers due to ranching which is also being practised in Benue, stressing that he would continue to speak against impunity in the country.

 Udam had in 2015 contested for the Makurdi Local Government Chairmanship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

 the 2021 fiscal year.

During the budget presentation to the  lawmakers, yesterday at the state Assembly complex, Owerri, Governor Uzodimma, said; “after a careful assessment of the present economic situation in the country and the prevailing macro-economic indices, I hereby present to you, a total proposed 2021 Budget of N346,169,972,085. The Budget is appropriately captioned Budget of Wealth Creation.”

He said that the 2021 budget has a total budgeted recurrent revenue of N136,080,551,348.

He also disclosed that the sum of N14,120,082,285 is budgeted as personnel cost, which represents 16 percent of the total recurrent expenditure budget.

“An increase in personnel cost is anticipated to accommodate the payment of the new minimum wage to workers. Let me once again, assure Imo workers of the readiness of my government to pay the new minimum wage in 2021”, Uzodimma said.

The governor put the overhead cost in the 2021 budget at N33,723,644,910, representing 52 percent of the total recurrent expenditure budget.

He recalled in his address the job undertaken under his watch since assumed power as the state governor.

He noted that in place of the demolished Ekeukwu Owerri market, his administration is "constructing an international market with close to 2,000 stalls and the market is designed to be a modern international market of world class standard.”  

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