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Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, yesterday disclosed that his administration would respect the rule of law and due process.
He made the disclosure when he received communities and groups which paid him courtesy visits at his Makurdi residence.
These included delegations from Gwer, Gwer West, Tarka, Guma, Obi and Oju local government areas.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that from the briefing he received the deposition of the second class traditional ruler in Gwer West, Ter Nagi, Chief Daniel Abomtse, did not follow due process adding that he would inquire into the matter when he was sworn in.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment said his administration would insulate traditional rulers from partisan politics and anyone of them who insisted in playing politics would be removed.
He said the development would make the rulers to concentrate on cultural and security matters in their areas of jurisdiction.
Chief Dr Ortom encouraged groups who visited to form cooperative societies so that they could derive maximum benefit from their relationship with government.
The governor-elect enjoined the people to also embrace the spirit of industrialization as demonstrated by a Tarka indigene, Mr Indyerkaa Hule, who has established an oil processing factory in Wannune.
He said others could set up smaller factories to process agricultural products and eventually develop them further.
The former minister lauded Tarka people for always charting the right political course for the people since the days of JS Tarka which he said they have sustained through the purposeful leadership of Senator George Akume who he described as his leader and mentor.
Chief Dr enjoined the people to embrace entrepreneurship like Architect Asema Achado an indigene of the state who he described as a successful businessman.
Spokesmen of the groups including Titus Zam, Professor Jonathan Uever, and Emmanuel Manger had requested provision of infrastructure in their places as well as government appointments for their indigenes.
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