Sunday, 12 February 2017


By Terna Injua
Governor Samuel Ortom has urged members of the National Assembly with close ties to Benue to support their colleagues from the state to attract more federal projects.

Governor Ortom made the appeal yesterday at a cocktail party organised for Senators Ibrahim Musa and Bala Adamu as well as Kashim Imam at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

The trio are in the state on a condolence visit to the Senator representing Benue North West, George Akume over the death of his elder brother, retired Judge Kehem Dajoh.

Governor Ortom particularly solicited the support of the lawmakers to impress on the Federal Government to rehabilitate its roads in Benue, majority of which he said are no longer motorable.

He explained that with the rail system not fully functional, the people depend solely on the roads as the major means of transportation, hence the need for the roads to be in good condition at all times.

Governor Ortom stated that despite the dwindling federal allocation, his administration has made efforts to ensure that critical sectors such as agriculture, health and education are given adequate attention.

In his remarks, Senator George Akume lauded Governor Ortom for discharging his responsibilities creditably despite inheriting an empty treasury and urged him not to be distracted by criticism from those who do want the progress of the state.

He said the Governor would be celebrated when he leaves office.

Responding on behalf of others, Senator Ibrahim Musa who thanked Governor Ortom for the honour, said they were impressed with the achievements he has recorded withing just two years and urged him to keep the pace.

The visiting senators were dressed in the Benue unity colours while the state cultural troupe was on hand to entertain them with various dances.

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