<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom today presented staff of office to ten First Class Chiefs in Benue State at the IBB Square Makurdi.
Making the presentation, Governor Ortom charged the First Class Chiefs to always conduct themselves in a manner that would promote public confidence, integrity and impartiality of the traditional institution.
He also tasked them against social relationships that were improper or could lead to impropriety and or cast doubt on the institution’s ability to decide cases impartially or bring disrespect to the traditional institution.
While charging the First Class Chiefs to accord due respect to the two Paramount Rulers in the state, the Governor noted that the State Executive Council had approved the upward review in the remuneration of traditional rulers in the state to give the institution its well-deserved boost.
According to him, it was government expectation that the Benue Council of Traditional Rulers would be live to its role of promoting peace, unity and harmony in the state.
In an address, Tor Tiv and Chairman, Benue state Traditional Council, Professor James Ayatse said the traditional institution would continue to ensure fairness, equity and justice to all issues.
He stated that Governor Ortom had made history by strengthening the traditional institution in the state, assuring that he would not be disappointed, even as he pledged his support to the First Class Chiefs.
Responding on behalf of the First Class Chiefs that were presented with staff of office, Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Pine Iyortyer while appreciating the Governor for finding them worthy to serve in such capacities, promised to live with their subjects and build peace in their various domains.