The Tor Tiv and Chairman, Benue State Council of Chiefs, James Ayatse, has decried the communal clashes between Shitile and Ikyurav-tiev communities, in Katsina-Ala Local Government, Concise News reports. This online news medium understands that the two communities in Benue State have renewed clashes with lives and properties lost. In a statement, the Benue State monarch urged all parties to end their fight and embrace peace.
The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday expressed concerns over recent violent clash among youths in the border communities of Benue and Taraba States which has left many dead. Concise News reports that the Senate, therefore, asked that security be beefed up in the two border states. The decision was reached after Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) citing Order 42 and 52, drew the attention of the Senate to the malaise.
A new report has revealed that the Benue state government received one hundred and thirteen billion naira (N113, 165, 909, 788) as federal allocation from the Federation Account for the year 2018. Concise News understands that the report also reveals that the 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N8trillion from the Federation Account in 2018. The allocations were made after the monthly meetings of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in 2018. The current sources of revenue flow into the Federation Account are collected by agencies of the Federal Government with little or no contributions from state or local government council. Economic Confidential, an intelligence economic magazine, released the report on Tuesday, April 22, 2019.
The empowerment of petty and small-scale market traders by the Federal Government through the TraderMoni and MarketMoni initiatives of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program (GEEP), continued in Benue state, with a special market activation in two popular markets – Markudi Modern Market and Wurukum Market. Concise News reports that this is in furtherance of the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to grow the economy by providing interest and collateral free loans to petty traders. On April 18, 2019, Benue state experienced the enumerations of more traders and loan disbursements to previously enumerated ones by the Bank of Industry (BOI).