<<< By Terver Akase >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom will on Tuesday this week, sign the State Chieftaincy Law recently passed by the Benue State House of Assembly to pave way for the emergence of a new Tor Tiv and other traditional rulers in the state.
Sole Administrators of the 23 local government areas of the state recently confirmed by the State House of Assembly will also be sworn-in the same day.
Governor Ortom made these known today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, North Bank, Makurdi, during the thanksgiving Mass in honour of Senator JKN Waku who was celebrating his 70th birthday .
He said soon after he gives assent to the Chieftaincy Law, third class, second class and first class chiefs in areas where substantive traditional stools are vacant would be appointed culminating in the enthronement of the Tor Tiv. He emphasized that transparency will be strictly adhered to so that those chosen can represent the wishes of the people.
On the return-to-farm policy of the present administration, Governor Ortom expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the people as new farms were springing up in all corners of the state.
He gave assurance that the State Government will support anyone who engages in agriculture to enable them be successful and add value to the state.
On security, the Governor said the stick approach of the post-amnesty era will be sustained, advising parents and guardians to caution their children and relations who are known to have criminal tendencies, saying that security agencies have been mobilised to clamp down on criminals, no matter where they run to.
Earlier, Senator Waku, gave praises to God for taking him to the 70th year spanning a career that had seen him rise to the zenith of leadership. He said God had shown him mercy so he could mentor many young people within and outside the state.
Senator Waku urged the people of the state to compliment Governor Ortom’s efforts in rebuilding the economy despite the current challenges.
The thanksgiving Mass was also attended by Senator George Akume, former Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Stephen Lawani among other prominent persons.
Governor Ortom later attended a reception in honour of Senator JKN Waku at the former lawmaker’s North Bank residence.