<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, yesterday disclosed that the amnesty program initiated by his administration to enhance security in the state has become a model.
He made the disclosure during a special edition of Radio Benue interactive program.
It was aired between 8 and 10 am.
Messrs David Ukuma, Philip Toryue and Grace Tyosar anchored the program in the studio of the station.
Governor Ortom listed the reopening of the Benue State University, accreditation of it’s College of Health Sciences and subsequent graduation of 27 pioneer doctors, on-going renovation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi, as well as restoration of water supply in Otukpo and Katsina-Ala as some of the efforts of his administration.
Yet he said his priority had been to minimise criminality in the state through an amnesty program using the carrot and stick approach the success of which he said has made it a model in several states and beyond.
Responding to a caller the Governor said an agreement had been reached with striking lecturers of some tertiary institutions who had been on strike and that they would soon call off the strike.
He also answered questions from those who sent text messages.
Listeners sought clarification on government policies, requested provision of critical infrastructure and gave him advice on various issues.