<<< By Godwin Akor >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom has accented to the Local Government Amendment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly which approved the appointment of sole administrators for the 23 councils in the state.
He signed the law at an expanded caucus of the All Progressives Congress, APC stakeholders meeting held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi attended by party stalwarts across the State.
Governor Ortom explained that the Sole Administrators would be appointed for six months pending the conduct of local government polls adding that if the elections failed to hold their tenure could be renewed for another six months.
According to him, lack of funds were responsible for the delay in the conduct of the local government elections assuring that as soon as the situation improved the elections would be held.
He said eventhough the amended local government law gave him the prerogative of appointing the sole administrators, he would, as a democrat, give stakeholders from each local government the opportunity to make three nominations which must include a woman.
The Governor warned stakeholders against lobbying and assured that the appointments would be made on the basis of truth, equity and fairness.
While expressing optimism that Nigeria and Benue would soon get out of the recession, Governor Ortom commended people of the state for heeding to his call of go back to farm.
He said from what he had seen, the people have made appreciable effort and announced that some investors have indicated readiness to invest billions of naira in the resuscitation of some of the moribund industries.
Governor Ortom disclosed that the investor for Taraku Mills has earmarked N5 billion for the purchase of soya beans for the factory and explained that in Benue, farmers have noting to lose by embarking on large scale cultivation of the product.
On the provision of electricity at the Industrial Layout, Makurdi, the governor said a firm has set aside $18 million dollars for that purpose and added that 10 mega watts of electricity would be provided.
According to him, the state government had already made available five hectares of land for the project for which the electricity regulatory commission has been duly notified.
He disclosed that the state government would not spend a kobo on the project and emphasized that power supply would be on 24 hour basis.
Earlier, the state APC Chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro gave guidelines on where the position of sole administrators should be zoned in each local government area and noted that names of those involved in anti- party activities were being compiled for disciplinary action.