90 total views, 1 views today
In a new drive to sanitise major roads and public spaces, the Edo State government has warned motorists to adhere to directives against indiscriminate parking on major roads and highways, noting that they are only allowed to park, drop and pick passengers at designated bus stops and parks in Benin City, the state capital.
In a statement, Osarodion Ogie, secretary to the state government, said the warning became necessary to restore sanity on major roads and protect the lives of residents, who were exposed to danger when some motorists flout government directives and constitute nuisance on major roads and highways with indiscriminate parking.
According to Ogie, “The state government warns that commercial buses and other motorists can only park, pick and drop passengers at designated bus stops and parks in Benin City. Those who continue to flout the rule will face corresponding sanctions. This move is to restore sanity to our major roads and also protect the lives of our people who are endangered by the unruly conduct of some motorists, who park, drop and pick passengers indiscriminately.”
He maintained that the move was in line with the Project Clean Up Edo campaign, through which the government engendered respect for law and order, cleanliness and sanity in public spaces across the state.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) has declared N2,090,981,490 as total allocation accrued to the 18 local government areas (LGAs) of the state from the Federation Account for the month of April and shared in May 2019.
Chairman, Oredo LGA, Jenkins Osunde, said this at the end of the monthly JAAC meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, Benin City, the state capital.
Osunde, who is also chairman, Edo State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), said the total salaries for teachers and non-teachers under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was N1,065,471,805, local government pension fund contribution stands at N285,870,195, while N100m was set aside for payment of pension arrears.
“Total deduction from LGAs is N1,673,084,281; net allocation to LGAs stands at N1,090,647,948, while the total gross allocation amounts to N2,763,732,230. The total amount transferred to LGAs stands at N1,076,829,287,” he said.
He explained that the internally generated revenue for the month was N123,211,284, while total money allocated to local government, which is a combination of gross allocation and IGR, amounts to N2,896,943,514.