Friday, 13 January 2017


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today gave members of the State Executive Council a charge to show commitment in their various places of assignment for the success of the present administration.

Governor Ortom gave the charge while presiding over the State Executive Council meeting at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

The Governor cited parts of the concession speech made by the defeated immediate past President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, reminding his appointees that the success or failure of a leader depends largely on the nature of subordinates such a leader has.

Governor Ortom explained that he had chosen to draw the attention of the Executive Council members to the former Ghanian President's address because it was a lesson to every administration that wants to succeed.

He said his principle of governance is that appointees should work hard and selflessly advise the leader for the good of the society, pointing out the part of Mahama's address which read "...the success or failure of a leader depends on the kind of people he or she surrounds themselves with....The praise-singing sycophants who act the dictates of their stomachs are only specialized in telling you what you want to hear."

Governor Ortom said the future of Benue depends on the decisions the present leadership of the state makes, urging his appointees to always initiate people-oriented policies and conduct affairs of their ministries, departments and agencies in a transparent and accountable manner.

Reactions which followed Governor Ortom's address came from the Chief of Staff, Honourable Terwase Orbunde, Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Emmanuel Manger, the Head of Service, Adaikwu Inwata and Finance Commissioner, David Olofu.

They all described Governor Ortom as a great leader with exceptional qualities whose wise and proactive decisions motivate those working under him to succeed.

The Council members unanimously reassured the Governor that they would not relent in their efforts to support him with creative ideas for greater development of the state.

Other decisions Council made today included a proposed two-day retreat in February to appraise the performance of members and chart the way forward.

Also during today's State Executive Council meeting, Governor Ortom was presented with three awards of excellence from the Reunion of Benue Handballers, NKST Choir World Wide and members of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Benue State Council.

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