1st to 6th February, 2016
By Terver Akase
Welcome to yet another edition of ‘From the Benue Peoples House’, a weekly review of activities of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
In this package, the paramount ruler of Tiv nation is laid to rest as Justice Kpojime Judicial Commission of Inquiry indicts 52 persons. You will find these and more. Read on.
ORTOM ADVOCATES RETENTION OF ARMY INSTITUTE IN MAKURDI
Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, called on the Federal Government to retain the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies, NAITES, in Makurdi.
Governor Ortom made the call when the Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Engineering, NASME, Major General A. O. Sodunke paid him a courtesy visit at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He said there had been rumours recently regarding a planned relocation of the institute, urging the army not to effect such a relocation.
The Governor commended the Nigerian military for its courageous fight against insurgents and urged them to sustain the tempo.
SANKERA PEOPLE PAY ORTOM SOLIDARITY VISIT, DEMAND TOR TIV STOOL
Stakeholders from the Sankera geo-political axis of Benue State paid a solidarity visit on Governor Ortom, during which they requested him to support their aspiration to occupy the Tor Tiv stool.
Led by member of the House of Representatives for Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency, Emmanuel Udende, the delegation included traditional rulers, the political class, academics, government appointees, and serving members of the State Assembly.
Spokesman of the delegation, Udende commended Governor Ortom for appointing prominent people from the area into the state executive council; his amnesty program which he said has restored peace to the area, and requested support for a Sankera indigene to become the next Tor Tiv.
ORTOM CONDEMNS RENEWED HOSTILITIES BETWEEN FARMERS AND HERDSMEN IN AGATU
Governor Samuel Ortom condemned the renewed hostilities between suspected Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Agatu local government area of the state with attendant loss of lives and property.
The Governor in a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, called for immediate cessation of hostilities from both parties and directed security agencies to ensure the restoration of peace and return of normalcy.
Governor Ortom stated that at the recent joint Security Council meeting between Nasarawa and Benue States held in Lafia, he and his colleague were to visit the Agatu in both states as part of peace building efforts on the return of his counterpart from his current trip to Saudi Arabia.
…PROMISES TO COMPLETE ADAMBGE CHURCH BUILDING
Governor Ortom promised to complete the construction of St. Robert’s Catholic Church Adamgbe, Vandeikya LGA which collapsed and claimed 22 lives on the eve of Easter in April, 2012.
He made the pledge while speaking at the funeral of the late Professor Mrs. Regina Ode, a lecturer at the Benue State University, Makurdi.
The Governor sympathised with the Ode family, describing the deceased as a great daughter of the state who shared his vision and was one of those who drafted his administration’s blueprint ‘Our Collective Vision for a New Benue’.
He was accompanied to the burial by his Deputy, Engr Benson Abounu and other top government officials.
TOR TIV IS LAID TO REST
Governor Samuel Ortom led a strong delegation of the State Government to join thousands of other Nigerians at the funeral of the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula in Gboko. To immortalize the late paramount ruler, the Governor announced the renaming of the state owned College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi to ‘Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi’.
Governor Ortom paid tribute to the late King in these words:
“Your Excellencies, my Lords, spiritual and temporal, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, the late Dr. Torkula recorded positive contributions to the development of the Tor Tiv institution in particular and left legacies for the development of his people and Nigeria in general.
He introduced a dress code for traditional rulers and chieftaincy title holders which gave them a unique identity, contributed immensely to the resolution of crises and disputes between warring communities within the State and with its neighbors.
He supported the Mdzough U Tiv to provide a common platform to foster unity, progress and development for the Tiv within the country and in the Diaspora. The late Dr Torkula popularized Tiv culture and traditional fabrics, established second class and other category of Chiefs, gave support of the payment of moderate bride price and reduction of expensive burials.
His reign also witnessed the introduction of chieftaincy titles and its conferment on deserving subjects and distinguished friends of the Tiv within and outside the country. Our deceased monarch also contributed to the intellectual commonwealth of the Tiv people through books and articles.”
KPOJIME COMMISSION INDICTS 52, RECOMMENDS N107 BILLION REFUND
The Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry into the income and expenditure of Benue State from 2007 to 2015 on Friday, recommended that 52 individuals and 10 corporate bodies should refund over N107 billion to the coffers of the state government.
It also recommended deeper investigation and possible refund of over N44 billion.
These recommendations were contained in the report which Chairman of the commission, Justice Elizabeth Kpojime submitted to Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House.
She disclosed that during the period covered by the assignment, N1. 21 trillion accrued to the state from about 27 identified sources out of which N802 billion was appropriated while N219 billion was expended but not appropriated.
“Out of the total revenue that accrued to the state, only 15 per cent thereof was allocated to capital expenditure, while 85 per cent was for recurrent expenditure,” Justice Kpojime stated.
KWANDE PEOPLE PAY SOLIDARITY VISIT TO GOVERNOR ORTOM
The umbrella organization for people from the Kwande geo-political axis of Benue Statetoday canvassed that it was the turn of the people from the area to occupy the Tor Tiv stool in the current dispensation.
President-General of the Kwande United Peoples Organization, KWUPO, Dr. Terkula Tarnande, made the case during a visit to Governor Samuel Ortom, at the Benue Peoples House.
ISHEREV, UTYONDU PEOPLE RALLY ROUND ORTOM
Prominent sons and daughters of Isherev and Utyondu from Guma and Makurdi local government areas of Benue State paid a solidarity visit to Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, in Makurdi.
They assured him of their support to enable his administration to deliver on its promises to the people.
ACTING PRESIDENT URGES CHRISTIANS TO RAISE GODLY CHILDREN
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, charged Christians to raise their children in the fear of God.
He gave the charge at Jerusalem Mission House International in Makurdi during the wedding of Barrister Nguuma Uja and Engr. Abel Gbuusu.
Professor Osinbajo commended the parents of the bride, Evangelist Tor Uja, and his wife, Berry Uja, for bringing up their daughter in a godly way such that she has brought honor to her family through her marriage.
Governor Ortom and his wife, Dr. Eunice Ortom, received Professor Osinbajo and his wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo at the Makurdi airport, hosted briefly at the Presidential Lodge of the Peoples House after the wedding before they saw them off.
That brings us to the end of this edition of ‘From the Benue Peoples House’. Many thanks to the Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua for his contribution.
See you again next weekend.