The Benue state Governor, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia on Saturday declared open a two-day retreat for members of his executive council in Abuja where he charged them to ensure that the knowledge acquired is applied during their official assignments.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Tersoo Kula in a statement said the retreat was necessitated by the utmost need to properly equip government officials, particularly, principal officers of government in the State cabinet and senior aides to the Governor with the needed knowledge preparatory for the task ahead.
Alia who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Sam Ode, went further to explain that the retreat is also meant to accord cabinet members an avenue to relate and interact amongst themselves as well as get abreast with the cardinal aspects of the policy direction of Gov. Alia administration.
“Knowledge gotten here will be useful for you to effectively man your various MDAs and give Benue the service delivery that will add value to governance in the states,” the statement added.
In a keynote address, Rotimi Oladele who spoke on the topic, “Engaging Leadership, Governance, and Entrepreneurship for Development, Peace, and Sustainability” emphasized the need for the society to move away from literacy to functional education.
He explained that policymakers and lawmakers should be volunteers with wisdom, expertise, and experience who require no “Ghana Must Go” bags of money to do what is required.
“For jobs to be created, every sector has something to offer in sports, tourism, oil and gas, culture, solid minerals, entertainment,” Oladele said.
Oladele said that the Benue team needed to re-invent, security, peace, harmony, and patriotism