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Gov. Agbu Kefas Receives Abuja Induction Course Retreat Report

Gov. Agbu Kefas Receives Abuja Induction Course Retreat Report

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas, has received the induction course and retreat report organized for the state executive council members in FCT Abuja on 24th to 26th July, 2023 held at Nigeria Army Resource Center, in Abuja, as he complete 100 days in office.

The report which was written in parts was presented by Maj. Gen. Henry Ayamasaowei (Rtd) to the governor in the council chamber in government house, Taraba State.

Maj. Gen. Henry Ayamasaowei (Rtd) stressed that the three days induction course retreat is aimed at building the capacity of elected Representatives, appointed commissioners, sermanent Secretaries, special advisers, legislatives from the state executive cabinet, legislature and judiciary, as well as top government functionaries from ministries and agencies in Taraba State.

He further explained that the training sessions were lectures for capacity building and case studies across the 19 courses presented by experts and professional in various field of policy.

Henry said the course would also train both the old and new political leadership to refresh on efficient and effective pragmatic cabinet for the major factor that will drive the vision and plans for a new administration.

The CEO of Euclas Resources Ltd, explained that the retreat report proffer solutions on developmental challenges, comparative advantage, the developmental policies and vision of new leadership, ethical conducts and cooperation amongst the three arms of government.

According to him, to experience a secure and prosperous Taraba State, the current leadership have to implement economic development agenda for the state, improved on leadership and ethical governance, improving Public administration and revenue and budget process as well as provide peace and security among others.

Taraba Assembly Approves Gov. Agbu Kefas Request to Access Loan

Taraba Assembly Approves Gov. Agbu Kefas Request to Access Loan

Taraba state House of Assembly on Friday approved the request of Governor Agbu Kefas to access a loan facility of N206.776,000,000 from four Nigeria commercial Banks.

In a letter sent to the house and read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. John Kizito Bonzena, dated 2/07/2023, explained that the loan is to enable the state governor embark on developmental activities for the state.

The latter read. REQUEST FOR APPROVAL TO ENABLE THE STATE GOVERNMENT ACCESS LOAN FACILITIES OF TWO HUNDRED AND SIX BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SIX MILLION NAIBA (N206.776,000,000) FROM FOUR (4) COMMERCIAL BANKS

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, one of the cardinal points of my administration is to entrench good governance and improve the livelihood of our people. Accordingly, my administration is desirous of providing massive infrastructural development across the State as well as payment of outstanding gratuities to the Retirees of our dear State.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members may wish to note that, despite the above beautiful desires of my administration for our State, we are faced with the challenge of financial constraint affecting the State against meeting up with my administration’s Strategic Five Finger Development Agenda.

Consequently, Honourable Members, Executive Council resolved to access loan facilities to the total tune of Two Hundred and Six Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six Million naira (N206,776,000,000) naira only from the following four (4) financial institutions as follows:

(1) Zenith Bank Plc: N83.3 Billion

(ii) UBA Plc: N50 Billion

(iii) Fidelity Bank Plc: N50 Billion

(iv) Key Stone Bank Plc N23.476 Billion

The Security of the facility from Zenith Bank Plc shall be deductions from FAAC, Security for the facility from UBA Plc shall be deductions from JAAC, while Security for the facility from Fidelity Bank shall be deductions from VAT and the Security for the facility from Key Stone Bank shall be deductions from IGR.

The interest rate for the facilities shall be 18% with administrative charges at 5% deductible offront, the tenor of the facilities is four (4) years. Other conditions of the facilities shall be forwarded to the Honourable House by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, for the avoidance of doubt, the above listed facilities if secured by the State Government, the funds shall be channeled to develop the following critical sectors of the State, viz

(i) Education: N50 Billion

(ii) Agriculture: N30 Billion

(iii) Health: N30 Billion

(iv) Security: N30 Billion

(V) Infrastructural Development: N40 Billion

(vi) Micro-Finance Bank: N5 Billion

(vii) House of Assembly: N5 Billion

(viii) Judiciary: N5 Billion

(ix) Women Affairs: N2 Billion

(X) Digital Economy: N2 Billion

(Xi) Waste Management: N2 Billion

(xii) Other Sectors: N5.476 Billion

Honourable Members, I therefore on the basis of the foregoing, invite the Honourable Members to grant approval to enable the State Government access the above facilities in the best interest of the citizenry” it read.

Meanwhile, the house however approved that 5bn, from the approved loan be set aside to settle gratuity and enroll more local government retirees into the state pension payroll.

Correspondent reports that, the house also passed into law, the Taraba state 2023 supplementary budget of N206,776,000,000, bringing the total budget to 380,0105,37,459.40.