Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has pledged to tackle the marginalization of a section of the state in the federal civil service and recruitment into military and paramilitary organizations.
He spoke at the funeral of the late Mrs. Kwaghngu Victoria Atsaga, in Mbakuha, Ushongo local government area.
Governor Ortom also stated that the arrest of those in possession of illegal weapons for prosecution would commence on the first day of September this years as the amnesty period he had declared would have expired the previous day.
He said his strategy for addressing the issues of the marginalization included the setting up of a committee of retired police commissioners to mobilize indigenes of the state for the next recruitment exercise into the police as well as making relevant contacts with those in charge of the organizations.
According to him security was his greatest concern and that he would be fulfilled if he did nothing else but secured lives and property in the state.
Governor Ortom said those who could not approach government directly could submit illegal weapons in their possession to the clergy and traditional rulers who would hand over to the amnesty committee.
He promised to revive the vigilante groups to assist security agencies in the curbing crime.
In response to the request by Ushongo Caretaker Committee chairman, Mr. Saint Gbilekaa, that an electricity transformer be provided at the home of the late Governor Aper Aku, he said he had obliged.
Governor Ortom prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased whose husband he described as a forthright man who supported his election at great risk.
The Governor proceeded to the Nyagba village after Ikyobo where he expressed appreciation for the support prominent members of the family gave him during his electioneering campaign.
He reunited with publisher of The Alternative newspaper, Mr. Maurice Tsav, also a member of the family, who he described as a close friend who had deserted him.
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