<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged indigenes of Guma, his home local government area to form cooperative societies that would enable them to access government assistance.
He spoke in Gbajimba where renowned political singer and mobilizer, Thaddeus Tsaga, hosted the Nzorov community in the residence of the District Head, Chief Gwatse Akaahena.
Governor Ortom stated that if they formed and operated cooperatives in accordance with the guidelines they could get assistance from many government programs which target groups as beneficiaries rather than individuals.
He said if they organized themselves into groups they could learn from one another and help themselves to do things better for themselves and the benefit of their community.
According to him, with the current rise in the price of cash crops they could raise funds from farming to construct more durable houses to replace the thatched huts that are predominant in the area.
Governor Ortom also charged them not to harbour criminals within their ranks but to rather expose them to the security agencies for arrest and prosecution even as they should strive to secure government amenities provided for them.
He pledged that his administration would continue to provide critical infrastructure to the community inspite of the current economic challenges and appealed to them to reciprocate by being patriotic.
Earlier, Mr. Tsaga said he organized the event to share the blessings that he had received through Governor Ortom with his kinsmen.
The Governor also inspected ongoing projects in the town including primary school buildings, fences and drainages.