FROM THE BENUE PEOPLES HOUSE…
7th to 13th February, 2016
By Terver Akase
It’s time again for your favourite package, ‘From the Benue Peoples House’, a weekly review of activities of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
In this edition, training of thousands of teachers begins in Benue as the State Executive Council approves the establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Centre in Makurdi. Get details of these and more as you read on.
ORTOM CHALLENGES HIS ACCUSERS TO PROVE CORRUTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM
Governor Samuel Ortom challenged those accusing him of involvement in fraud while serving as supervising Aviation Minister to publicly prove their allegations.
He gave the challenge at a thanksgiving service held for Professor Dennis Ityavyar, Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, at the NKST Church, Mbaakon in Vandeikya local government area.
Governor Ortom stated that he had never been involved in fraud at any point in his public service career and never came across the large amounts mentioned in the reports either in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment where he was Minister of State or that of Aviation.
He said the allegations were sponsored by some of those indicted by the Kpojime Commission adding however, that none of them has any proof since he did not commit any of the things mentioned.
The Governor vowed to recover looted funds and use same to pay salary arrears, gratuities and pensions and channel some of it into development projects.
…URGES TEACHERS TO JOIN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION…
Governor Ortom urged teachers in the state to join the fight against corruption by opposing the establishment of miracle centres and illegal schools.
He made the appeal at Peace House in Gboko while declaring open a seminar for secondary school teachers in the state. The event was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in collaboration with Peace House.
Governor Ortom reiterated his stand against corruption, stating that any of them found to be involved in corrupt practices would be sanctioned.The current program includes training of 6000 secondary school teachers, and 10,000 primary school teachers. We will renovate and furnish at least 400 primary schools across the state and build new classrooms.”The current program includes training of 6000 secondary school teachers, and 10,000 primary school teachers. We will renovate and furnish at least 400 primary schools across the state and build new classrooms.” “The current program includes training of 6000 secondary school teachers, and 10,000 primary school teachers. We will renovate and furnish at least 400 primary schools across the state and build new classrooms.” “The current program includes training of 6000 secondary school teachers, and 10,000 primary school teachers. We will renovate and furnish at least 400 primary schools across the state and build new classrooms.”
…ORDERS ARREST OF CULPRITS IN FARMERS, HERDERS CLASH
Governor Ortom directed security agencies to arrest those who caused the recent clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Tarka and Buruku local government areas of the state.
He gave the directive at a meeting he held with the two groups and traditional rulers from the affected places.
The Governor directed that traditional rulers from the affected district in Tarka should produce suspected killers of a herdsman while the police should arrest a Fulani herdsman from Awe local government area of Nasarawa State who allegedly killed a farmer, as well as all those who caused the recent clashes.
BENUE EXCO APPROVES COMPLETION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE
The Benue State Executive Council on that day approved the completion of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre, EDC, in Makurdi.
The Council gave the approval at its second meeting in 2016 which was presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom.
It approved that the contractor who handled the project, Messrs Design Stages Limited, should be paid the outstanding balance on the valuation certificate to facilitate the completion of the work.
The council also received a report from the committee on the recovery of vehicles from former public officers.
According to the report, twelve of such vehicles have so far been recovered.
ORTOM PLEDGES COMMITMENT TO REVAMPING COMATOSE INDUSTRIES
Governor Ortom restated his commitment to revamping the comatose state-owned industries.
He made the pledge at the Old Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, during the signing of an investment agreement between the state government and Torra KFT of Hungry for the completion and running of the Wannune Tomato Factory.
Represented by the Secretary to the state Governor, Mr. Targema Takema, Governor Ortom stated that he would give priority to agro processing industries so that farmers in the state could add value on their produce and boost their earnings.
The Governor left for Abuja for other official engagements.
Governor Ortom left Abuja for Kaduna State where he visited Governor Nasir El-Rufai at Government House, Kaduna. The two progressive Governors held a closed door meeting where matters of development and cooperation between the two states where discussed.
While in Kaduna, Governor Ortom also undertook an inspection of all Benue state landed property.
Governor Ortom, in Abuja, attended the swearing-in of prefects at the Lead British International School, Abuja as the PTA Chairman of the school. The occasion was attended by prominent Nigerians including Senator Abdullazak Gwadabe and Arch. Philip Iortyer.
Governor Ortom visited the house of Dr Victor Adara at Games Village, Abuja. The Governor rejoiced with family over the twins put to bed recently by Mrs Adara after about 43years of waiting on to Lord. Dr victor Adara is a friend of the Governor.
Governor Ortom was accompanied by on the visit Hon Emmanuel Udende.
It is on that cheery note that we end this edition of ‘From the Benue Peoples House’. Thanks to Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua for his contribution.
Keep a date with us next weekend.