By Amos Aar, Makudi

BENUE State House of Assembly on Thursday called on Governor Samuel Ortom to make provision in next year’s budget for the building of a permanent office for the Benue State Christian Pilgrims’ Board. The lawmakers also resolved that fund should always be released to the board early to enable it to conclude arrangements on time to avoid pilgrimage spilling from one year into another.

These resolutions were made after a debate on the report of the House Standing Committee on Appointments, Public Service and Pension Matters on its working visit to Ministries, Departments and Agencies under its legislative purview.

Contributing, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Christopher Adaji, said if the board’s permanent site is completed, the money that would have been used to rent its office accommodation would be channeled to other areas of development. This was supported by majority of his colleagues.

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Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Titus Uba, directed that the board’s monthly imprest which was reduced to one hundred and fifty thousand naira (N150,000) be reviewed to the former amount of three hundred thousand naira (N300,000) to enable it to achieve its set goals.

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