Benue Govt orders hawkers off Makurdi street, issues quit notice to illegal shop owners

Benue State Executive Council, EXCO, has ordered street hawkers around Wurukum Market in Makurdi the State capital to vacate their positions or risk losing their wares.

The Exco also directed traders occupying makeshift shops along Swange Cinema road at Wurukum Market to vacate them or risk demolition and destruction of their wares.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Ngunan Addingi while briefing journalists after an EXCO meeting on Wednesday, said the affected persons are to move to the Makurdi International Market where there are shops for occupation.

According to her, the council directed shop allottees at the Maallotteesternational Market to complete their payments within one month or risk revocation of same.

Mrs Addingi said EXCO approved the constitution of a committee headed by Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to consider submissions of the last Benue Youth Summit for possible implementation.

The committee also has Commissioners for Finance and Economic Planning, Industries and Cooperatives, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information, Culture and Tourism, Youths and Sports, Science and Technology, Rural Development as well as Trade and Investment as members.

Director of EXCO is to serve as Secretary of the committee, while Special Advisers for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Economic Planning, as well as that of Project Monitoring and Evaluation are also members.

Chairman, secretary and Subcommittee chairmen of the Youth Summit are to meet with the SSG-led committee at a later date to deliberate on the summit report.

Answering questions from journalists, the Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner said over 4,000 persons have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the State.

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