…FROM THE BENUE PEOPLES HOUSE…
14TH TO 19TH February, 2016.
By Terver Akase
It’s time again for the weekly review of activities of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. ‘From the Benue Peoples House’ takes you on an interesting trip with the Governor as he pilots the affairs of the state.
BENUE GOVT TO INVEST N7.6 BILLION IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed that the Benue State Government had concluded arrangements to invest N7.6 billion into primary school education in the state.
He made this known at the thanksgiving mass and launching for the building of St. John’s Catholic, Church, Mbazemba, near Adaka, a suburb of Makurdi.
The event was organized by the Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Chief Benjamin Adanyi.
Governor Ortom said the state would pay a counterpart funding of N3.8 billion from the N5.5 billion loan it recently accessed to secure an equal amount from the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC, adding that with the investment, the primary schools in the state would change for the better.
…VISITS MAKURDI MODERN MARKET
Governor paid an unscheduled visit to the Makurdi Modern Market where he met with the traders and after listening to their requests, directed immediate restoration of water, fire service and electricity at the market. He also directed that refuse heaps within the market be cleared.
The Governor later paid a similar visit to the Wadata Market and Benue Links.
Governor Ortom left his residence as early as 6am that day and visited different abattoirs in Makurdi. The Governor who was visibly sad on sighting the state of the slaughter sites, promised to develop modern abattoirs in the state capital to protect the health of Benue people.
…INAUGURATES HEALTH BOARDS, PRIVATISATION COUNCIL
Governor Ortom inaugurated the state’s Health Management and Primary Health Care Boards as well as Council on Privatisation and Commercialisation Enterprises.
The ceremony took place at Old Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House.
Governor Ortom said the inauguration of the boards and the council had become necessary in his administration’s determination to deliver quality health care to the people of the state and to fulfil his campaign promises to revamp moribund industries while establishing new ones.
The State Executive Council meeting took place as presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom.
…FEATURES ON RADIO BENUE LIVE PROGRAMME
Governor Ortom was a guest on Radio Benue’s audience participatory programme, ‘Issues of the Moment’ where he said that the amnesty program initiated by his administration to enhance security in the state has become a model.
He listed the reopening of the Benue State University, accreditation of its College of Health Sciences and subsequent graduation of 27 pioneer doctors, on-going renovation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi, as well as restoration of water supply in Otukpo and Katsina-Ala as some of the efforts of his administration.
Yet he said his priority had been to minimize criminality in the state through an amnesty program using the carrot and stick approach the success of which he said has made it a model in several states and beyond.
Responding to a caller the Governor said an agreement had been reached with striking lecturers of some tertiary institutions who had been on strike and that they would soon call off the strike.
Governor Ortom later that day travelled to Oju for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Zone C Senatorial rally.
…SETS UP VISITATION PANELS FOR COE OJU, KATSINA-ALA AND BENPOLY
Governor Ortom inaugurated Visitation Panels to examine the administrative structure, finances and academic performances of Colleges of Education Oju and Katsina-Ala, as well as Benue Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.
He said the Visitation Panels were expected to look into the overall running of the affected tertiary institutions, the area of revenue accruing to them, its expenditure, transparency, accountability and observance of due process.
The State Director of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mrs Ngozi Nwokoma visited Governor Samuel Ortom and addressed the entire Executive Council on the importance of assets declaration.
The Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Dr. Isa Mustapha Agwei visited Governor Ortom at the Benue Peoples House.
The State Executive Council meeting which was adjourned on Tuesday continued.
A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and domestic election observers visited Governor Ortom ahead of the Benue South re-run senatorial election.
Governor Ortom flagged off Pupils’ Enrolment Campaign tagged ‘Our Schools shall rise again’. The event took place at LGEA Primary School, Gbajimba, Guma LGA.
The Governor reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to education, stating that the N7.6 billion investment in primary education would positively impact on the first tier of learning. He assured the people of the state that the present administration would continue to fulfill its promises in all sectors of the economy.
That wraps it up on this edition of ‘From the Benue Peoples House.’ Many thanks to the Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua for his contribution.
See you again next weekend.