<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that apart from propelling the state towards greater development he was determined to reproduce indigenes of his kind and those who would surpass him in all aspects.
He spoke in his Makurdi residence Thursday evening while receiving seven separate groups which paid him courtesy visits.
They included the Ipusu community in Makurdi, Minda Accountants Forum, Traders at Modern Market, Gaambe-Tiev APC Forum and Nongov community from Logo local government area, as well as Ugondo youths around the International Market.
Chief Dr Ortom disclosed that he received the revelation that God had settled him and that thereafter his mission in life was to settle others in 2004.
According to him it was also revealed to him in 1992 when he was local government chairman that he would be Governor one day adding that his experiences from that time have been preparation for the office.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, maintained that the only way for nations and states within them to achieve development was through private sector driven economies hence his commitment to provide an enabling environment for that sector to thrive under his administration.
He said he had just returned from a trip to China where the partnership between the state and the private sector had provided jobs for a greater percentage of the over one and half billion people in that country and hoped that a similar partnership would create massive jobs, wealth and opportunities in Benue State.
Chief Dr Ortom expressed appreciation to the various groups for voting massively to bring change in the leadership of the country and assured that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him.
He pledged to provide critical infrastructure, industrialize the state, promote micro, small and medium scale enterprises, boost trading activities and attract investment into the state.
The former Minister pledged that his administration would be transparent in all its dealings and would not tolerate deceit under any guise.
The Governor-elect reiterated that his cabinet would comprise of at most 13 commissioners and 15 advisers so as to save costs and ensure better funding of ministries and other government agencies.
The Ipusu community presented a congratulatory card to Chief Dr Ortom while the Minda Accountants Forum also gave him a special card which contained a letter and Bible passage.