Thursday, 23 June 2016


Senator Joseph Kennedy Nyikwagh Waku led other prominent sons and daughters from the four local government areas which constitute Governor Samuel Ortom’s immediate constituency, called Minda in local parlance, yesterday to give him pass mark on his one year in office.

They spoke at the town hall meeting for stakeholders in Guma, Makurdi, Gwer and Gwer West council areas.
The event was held at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, in Makurdi.

Senator Waku stated that by embarking on the town hall meetings Governor Ortom was displaying the characteristics of a true democrat who was carrying the people along.

He said the Governor was following in the footsteps of former governors like Lateef Jakande, Abubakar Rimi and Balarabe Musa of Lagos, Kano and Kaduna States respectively.

Others who spoke included Avine Agbom, member of the State House of Assembly, Prince Simon Aondoana, former House of Representatives member, Justice Augustine Utsaha, former President, Customary Court of Appeal, Chief Mrs Helen Awunah, a distinguished educationist, and Comrade Elizabeth Akaa, chair of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees in Guma.

President of the Masev, Iharev, and Nongov Development Association, Barrister Iorwase Ahile, elder Herbert Igbaga, Ukeyima Apuu, and second class traditional ruler, Ter Makurdi, Chief Sule Abenga, also spoke.

They extolled Governor Ortom’s humaneness, humility, inclusiveness, and transparency in running government and commended him for recording milestones in spite of the hard times in which he was operating.

The speakers were happy with the cargo airport project, the on-going roads and other projects in the area and requested employment of youths at both the state and federal levels as well as provision of agricultural inputs.

Justice Utsaha identified with Governor Ortom’s call for a return to agriculture saying it remained the most viable alternative in the current economic downturn but appealed that the incessant herdsmen's invasion be tackled to guarantee farmers' security.

Comrade Akaa noted that the Governor implemented the minimum wage for primary teachers and paid salary arrears of civil servants before the recession caught up with him and prayed for divine intervention for him to overcome the payment of salaries challenge.

By Tahav Agerzua

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