Monday, 15 May 2017


The Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, has expressed appreciation to the Benue State Government for providing him with what he described as a functional temporary residence in Gboko.

He spoke when the State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr John Onoja, visited him during an inspection of the residence and ongoing construction work on the palace.

"I want to appreciate the state government under Governor Samuel Ortom, for approving the reconstruction of the guest house which hitherto had been a dilapidated and an abandoned facility," he stated.

"This is actually reconstruction, it’s not renovation as the residence has been remodeled completely to make the facility very functional. In addition to that, where we are sitting, in the ‘ate’ that houses my office and also provides space for me to hold meetings and receive guests, is a new construction which was not here before."

According to the paramount ruler even the ‘Boys Quarters’ has also been remodeled and reconstructed to provide both residence and offices.
"I think a lot has been done and what I can say is that since moving in I found the facility very functional at least as a temporary residence or temporary palace. It’s providing the basis facilities we need to function, and that I think is convenient. I want to appreciate all that has been done, the contractor that handled the work and all the people that labored here. It’s a nice job, the finishing is modern," he stressed.

He urged the state government to make every effort to complete the palace so that he could move in to resume full administrative work.
"When finished, it will be state of the art and will be one of the most modern palaces that we would have in the country. We pray that the Lord would provide the resources that the government needs to speed up the work and complete it so that we move in there to commence the full work of administration. The design is good and the contractor is doing a good job. We look forward to having a wonderful palace."

Responding the Commissioner, Mr Onoja, assured the Tor Tiv that inspite of the economic challenges the state government was determined to complete the palace on schedule and according to specifications.

By Tahav Agerzua

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