Governorship aspirant in Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has pledged to tackle the massive youth unemployment in the state through the enhancement of a private sector driven economy if given the mandate.
He made the pledge at a consultative meeting with PDP stakeholders from the nine local government areas of the Benue South Senatorial District in Otukpo/
He stated that he would bring his experience as an industrialist, politician, and public servant to bear on a government that would create a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive.
Chief Dr Ortom who is Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment and Supervising Aviation Minister assured that industrialization and commercial activities were the solution to unemployment.
The Minister said he would also fashion out strategies for tackling the security and other challenges in the state and rule with the fear of God.
He stressed that the fear of God would translate into truthfulness, fairness, justice, transparency, forgiveness and reconciliation adding that this will bring the needed peace which shall usher in unity, development and progress.
The Och’ Idoma had advised Chief Dr Ortom to consult peacefully without rancor with other aspirants.
The Minister and his entourage of over one hundred party stalwarts from zones A and B had paid a courtesy call on the paramount ruler.
In separate responses Chief Mike Iduma, Dr John Enyi, Achegbani Fodio, Mrs Joy Agi, Moses Enenche, Baba Odangla and Godwin Owoicho who spoke for the federal constituencies in the Senatorial District, women, elders and youths said Chief Ortom had excelled in all the positions he has held and appealed to the people of the state to give him the mandate.
They also commended him for establishing a conglomerate which has offered employment to thousands adding that he has also passed through the crucible and acquired capability having garnered experience from service at the local, state and federal levels in addition to being a God fearing man.