<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Various groups yesterday evening listed their expectations from the incoming administration in Benue State ranging from provision of critical infrastructure and good governance to positions in government.
They bared their minds during separate courtesy calls on the Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, at his Makurdi residence.
The Gaambe-Tiev All Progressives Congress, APC, Forum, Minda Accountants Forum, and Traders at Modern Market wrote their requests, read and handed the documents to Chief Dr Ortom.
Spokesman for the delegation from the five council wards of Gaambe-Tiev in Logo local government area, Mr Mathias Mtserkyaa, stated that the former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment’s rise from humble beginnings to become a Minister of the Federal Republic has nurtured him to provide the state with the needed leadership.
Mr Mtserkyaa, a former Benue State House of Assembly member expressed appreciation for what he described as Chief Dr Ortom’s close association with people of the area particularly Mr James Anbua.
He sought an end to the incessant Fulani attacks resulting into loss of lives and property as well as rapes of women in the area, attraction of federal presence, portable water and industries to the place as well as rehabilitation of Abinsi to Wukari road amongst other things.
The Minda Accountants Forum, in an address presented by its president, Mr Patrick Asarya, said they had no doubt that Chief Dr Ortom’s administration would impact positively on the lives of Benue people in an unprecedented manner.
In a goodwill message signed by Okoye Francis, the traders stated that they had a burning desire to see the upliftment of Makurdi Modern Market and to make it more viable.
He pledged to reciprocate his cordial relationship with the Gaambe-Tiev community and several of their sons including Governor Gabriel Suswam and Anbua who he said had washed his hands well enough to dine with kings.
Chief Dr Ortom assured the community that he would utilize dialogue to resolve the incessant herders and farmers conflict as soon as possible on assumption of office even as he said he would provide the infrastructure they requested as it would also serve his immediate community.
The former Minister said he expected the accountants to exhibit honesty in the performance of their duties and assured the traders his administration would boost the private sector through support for micro, small and medium scale enterprises, trading activities and Investment.