Committee declares N2. 10bn allocation for LGAs in Edo
• State govt to build centralbus terminal in Benin City
The Edo Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) has declared N2.10 billion as total allocation accrued to the 18 local governments in the state from both Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and the Federation Account for March.
The Head of Local Government Administration, Owan East Local Government, Mr Akeens Ade-Akhani, disclosed this on Friday at the end of the JAAC meeting at the Edo State Government House in Benin.
It would be recalled that the committee declared N1. 89 billion as total allocation accrued to the 18 LGs in the state for the month of February.
Ade-Akhani attributed the increment of about N21 million in the month of March to the introduction of an electronic means of revenue collection process in some LGs in the state.
He said that about N15million and N7 million were collected as revenue in Oredo and Egor LGs respectively using the electronic process from March 22 to May 11.
In addition, he noted that N1.36 billion of the total allocation accruable in March was used as mandatory expenditure including payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, traditional rulers’ and training fund percentage.
The N748 million left served as distributable amount to the LGAs for the payment of staff salaries.
Meanwhile, he also revealed that Governor Godwin Obaseki had charged the heads of the various councils to ensure that they joined the state government to tackle security challenges in the State.
And as a way of decongesting the Benin City centre bogged down with traffice, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State yesterday his administration would build a bus terminal to give room for free traffic flow at the Oba Ovonramwen Square.
To achieve this, he noted that the space occupied by Idah primary school, Okai primary school; Ekpenede primary school and the government landed property opposite Evbuotubu Motor Park would be used for the planned central bus terminal adding that at least two of these schools would be relocated to other areas to realise the central bus terminal.
The governor stated this when he inspected government properties around the Square and its environs.
The governor assured the people of the state that the discomfort accompanying the clean-up process was ephemeral and would soon pass as his administration had exhibited readiness to recover all government lands and erect a central bus terminal to further decongest the city centre.
He said that in the last four months of his administration, his government had critically studied the congestion dogging the city centre and fingered absence of a central bus terminal as the culprit.
Accompanied by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, Obaseki said “We are trying to decongest Ring Road and Oba market to open up the bottle neck because the city centre has become choked with people selling by the roadside and transporters picking passengers by the road side. One of the challenges facing traffic is that we do not have a central terminal, but we have identified government properties where we can build central bus terminal,” he said.
He said ‘Operation Clean up Edo’ was not to punish Edo people, but to ensure that the state was clean.
“We are going to re-build these schools as a proper educational hub, put playground, mini stadia, so that the children here can feel a sense and create a proper atmosphere for education for them”.