<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Major stakeholders from the Sankera geo-political axis of Benue State today paid a solidarity visit on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, during which they requested him to support their aspiration to occupy the Tor Tiv stool.
Led by member of the House of Representatives for Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency, Emmanuel Udende, the delegation included traditional rulers, the political class, academics, government appointees, and serving members of the State Assembly.
Spokesman of the delegation, Udende commended Governor Ortom for appointing prominent people from the area into the state executive council; his amnesty program which he said has restored peace to the area, and requested support for a Sankera indigene to become the next Tor Tiv.
Royal fathers, Chief Teran Kwaghbo, acting Ter Ukum, Chief Jimmy Meeme, Ter Logo, and Chief Benjamin Wombo, Ter Katsina-Ala spoke for traditional rulers in their respective domains.
Others speakers were Aloysius Apera, former Auditor General, Professors Daniel Saror and Orkurga Malu as well as Ianna Jato, member of the State Assembly.
They all pledged solidarity with the Ortom administration and requested him to address challenges of Fulani herdsmen menace, lack of good roads, declining standards of education, and teaching of Tiv language in schools.
The legislator disclosed that as a demonstration of his support for the Ortom administration he and 22 other members have sponsored a bill in support of the amnesty program.
The Governor assured them that he would complete government projects started by previous administrations in the area; ensure that the right thing was done about the next Tor Tiv selection exercise, and continue to fight crime in the state.
He appealed for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders as an interim measure to ensure peace while canvassing the establishment of ranches as a permanent solution to the perennial clashes of the two groups.
Highlights of the occasion included the decoration in Tiv traditional attire and presentation of foodstuffs and live cows to the Governor by the delegation.