Governorship aspirant in Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has pledged to enhance the unity of the state if given the mandate.
He spoke when the association of professionals of Tiv ethnic origin, On-Tiv Professionals Association, OPA, hosted him in Abuja.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment said he would deploy his contacts with and access to all the leaders of the state to consciously set a unity agenda irrespective of their ethnic, political and religious affiliations.
He said the state stood a better chance of making rapid progress in all sectors if its leaders were mobilized to cooperate on things that bind rather those which promote divisions.
The Supervising Aviation Minister promised to bring development to the state by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.
According to him this would engender the revival of moribund industries and the establishment of new ones which shall create wealth and opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
Chief Dr Ortom pledged to govern with the fear of God which would give him wisdom for statecraft and enable him to remain humble, selfless, transparent, fair, honest and forgiving, attributes that will enable him to reconcile, unite and develop the state.
In his remarks, a trustee of the organization, Mr Itiza Ukpi disclosed to Chief Dr Ortom that the association had been formed to promote the progress of the Tiv nation as well as well family values, individual and community development.
He presented a register to the minister and urged him to record peoples’ observations and suggestions in the course of consultations so as to remember and act upon if he wins election.