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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today appealed to indigenes of the state to take advantage of the current economic downturn in the country by exploiting areas in which the state has comparative and competitive advantages.
He made the appeal at the funeral of the late Sir Ignatius Nomhwange who he described as an accomplished public servant, consummate politician, and devout Christian whose exemplary life was worthy of emulation.
The deceased was laid to rest at Mbatsada, Mbalom, in Gwer local government area.
The Governor stated that although the recession had brought in its wake hardship and several challenges the people of the state could turn it into an advantage by exploiting opportunities in agriculture, solid minerals, culture and tourism.
According to him the state had comparative and competitive advantages in the listed sectors.
He said as difficult as things were at the moment he believed that God would give him the wisdom to steer the ship of state from the current turbulence to a prosperous and stable condition.
Governor Ortom assured that his administration would construct the Ikpayongo-Agana-Aondona road which he said had been included in the 2016 budget.
Preaching at the funeral, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe of Makurdi Diocese, described the late Nomhwange as a dedicated Catholic as reflected in his membership of Knighthood orders.
Born on July 13th, 1942, the deceased was a graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University who worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, served as a member of the Benue State Executive Council and was at one time Interim Administrator of the Federal Capital Territory.
The governorship flag bearer of the All Peoples Party in 1999, he is survived by his wife Catherine, several children as well as grand children.