<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today directed his Water and Environment Commissioner to make a submission to him on the possibility of constructing a dam on River Katsina-Ala near Sati in Ushongo local government area.
He gave the directive during a courtesy call by the Ikov Development Association at the Benue Peoples House.
Governor Ortom stated that such a dam at the famous water fall on the river might be used for irrigation and provision of electricity and directed that the submission should also include other places in the state with similar features.
He extolled the leadership virtues of the Speaker of the State Assembly, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, who is an indigene of the area saying the community had properly groomed him for inspiring leadership roles which he was providing to the people of the state.
Governor Ortom stated that he and the Speaker came from places that were minorities and had been marginalised hence their resolve never to condone or promote marginalisation of any group in the state.
“Both us are humble as a result of our chequered life experiences which are predicated on the fear of God hence we reach out to complement each other,” he stated.
“There has been no rivalry between the executive and the legislature as well as none between the Governor and the Speaker, we’ve had a cordial working relationship.”
President General of the Ikov Development Association, Mr Ordue Gawan James listed the Governor’s support for the emergence of their son as speaker, contributions to the building of a church, award of contracts for electrification and facelift of schools in the community as some of the good things the Governor had done to the people of the area.
He requested the construction of access roads, take over of the Manor Day Secondary School and construction of a dam in the area.
Ikov District Head, Chief Daniel Ayada, commended Governor Ortom for ensuring prompt payment of the salaries of traditional rulers inspite of the economic challenges, construction of selected bridges as well as the creation of more wards in the area.