Benue Assembly suspends SURE-P recruitment exercise

Gabriel Suswam

The lawmakers said there was fraud in the SURE-P management in the state. 

The Benue State House of Assembly on Thursday directed the Ministries of Education, Sports, and Women Affairs, to suspend the recruitment into the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).

The assembly, which announced its decision in Makurdi during its plenary, noted that the suspension would remain in force until the resolution of the assembly on the matter.

The decision was sequel to the motion on A Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Benjamin Nungwa and 14 others.

Mr. Nungwa urged the house to investigate the implementation of SURE-P at the state and local government levels.

He alleged that the SURE-P funds were not judiciously applied by the agencies concerned.

The motion was supported by David Iorhemba, who contended that the implementation of the programme in the state was nothing to write home about.

Mr. Iorhemba further said that the motion was apt and timely, and enjoined his colleagues to give it the desired attention.

Contributing, Hembadoon Amena, said that local government chairmen in the state did not judiciously apply the funds accruing to them from SURE-P.

In his contribution, Baba Odeh said he was “highly worried and disappointed” in the way and manner SURE-P was being implemented in the state.

Another member, James Ochojila, suggested that an ad hoc committee be constituted, noting that the matter could be best handled by a committee.

The Speaker, Terhile Ayua, directed the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) issuing forms to applicants to put the exercise on hold pending the resolution of the house on the matter.

Mr. Ayua announced the formation of a five man Ad hoc Committee to investigate the implementation of SURE-P in the state and report to the house within two weeks.

He charged the committee to ascertain how much had accrued to the state since the inception of the programme from 2012 to date.

The speaker also urged the committee to find out the projects that had been carried out by the implementing agencies and how much was spent on each project.

He said that they should ascertain the number of Benue indigenes that were enrolled for the programme and how much was paid to each of them.

The speaker charged the committee to seek and obtain information from all agencies that had dealings with the programme, including the Federal Government unit of the programme which was domiciled in the state.


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