<<< By Igba Ogbole, Director, News and Current Affairs, Radio Benue >>>
Callers and those who sent text messages during yesterday’s special edition of ‘issues of the moment’ on Radio Benue commended Governor Samuel Ortom for being the first Governor in the history of the state to interact constantly on radio with the people on issues of governance.
One of the callers, Mr. Ukan Kurugh, from Makurdi, particularly commended the Governor for appreciating the need to keep the Benue electorate abreast with the prospects and challenges of his administration in the task of providing good governance.
He asked the Governor to intervene to stop what he described as ethnic cleansing at the Federal University, Dutse-Ma.
Another caller, Mrs. Cecilia Jebe, from behind ITF, Makurdi, thanked the Governor for the initiative which she said helped him to bridge the gap that always existed between the government and the governed when such platforms were absent, and appealed to him to also evolve a programme that would adequately address the plight of widows.
In a text message, Mr Terhemba Verter, from Guma said Governor Ortom had made history by being the first Governor that would always intimate the masses about the activities of his government and make himself available for direct interaction with the people.
Responding, the Governor expressed happiness over the acknowledgment and promised to brief his wife, Dr Eunice Ortom, on the need to cater for widows on a sustained basis.
On other issues, Mr Aaron Gbande from Yandev asked to know how the Governor was going to clear salary arrears of workers in spite of the economic recession and he assured the people that with faith in God, all things were possible and reiterated the assurances of the Federal Government that the country was moving out of the recession.
In his message, Mr Solomon Begi, also from Makurdi, commended the Governor for approving the minimum wage for Primary School Teachers and appealed to him to also effect the outstanding promotion of the teachers who had stagnated for over ten years.
Reacting to the message, the Governor said he had already directed the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, to effect all outstanding promotions for payment to be made when the State’s finances improved.
Others who sent in text message including Jerome Kerior from Terwase Agbadu and retired Commodore Geoffrey Ape of behind Eight-Man Quarters, Makurdi, appealed to the State Governor to address the deplorable state of roads in Makurdi town.
Responding, the Governor said he would direct Commissioner for Works, Transport, and Energy to identify such roads so that temporary measures would be adopted in the interim to make them motorable pending when there would be funds for their construction.